Do Childless Couples Live Longer?.
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Boston, MA (PRWEB) May 07, 2013
Doctors Health Press, a division of Lombardi Publishing Corporation, and publisher of various natural health newsletters, books, and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is reporting on a new study finding that couples who have children have a lower premature death rate.
As Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/general-health-2/do-childless-couples-live-longer) notes, a new study from Denmark, published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, actually found that couples with children live longer than couples without children. According to their research, the premature death rate for childless couples was actually two- to four-times higher than couples who had children.
As the article “Do Childless Couples Live Longer?” reports, the study analyzed about 21,000 couples during 1994 to 2008, who had planned to have children via in vitro fertilization. Longevity improved the most for women who had children: they lived four-times longer if they gave birth to their own children, and twice as long if they adopted children. Longevity improved for men as well: they lived twice as long, whether they had biological or adopted children.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article notes that lead researcher Esbon Agerbo suggested that while it is speculative, the reason couples with children actually live longer may be because “parents change behavior to live a healthy lifestyle. They might eat healthier, drink less, and are more prone to give up smoking.”
The article states that according to Agerbo, it’s all about behavior. “The risk of dying due to an accident is also higher among the childless, which could point to a more risky lifestyle, like people with kids push the pram around while the childless drive a fast car.”
Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin concludes by noting that, while children may cause parents a lot of stress at times, and give their wallets a run for their money, it seems that having kids might have made them better off, after all.
(SOURCE: Agerbo, E., et al., “Childlessness, parental mortality and psychiatric illness: a natural experiment based on in vitro fertility treatment and adoption,” Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health December 5, 2012.)
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