We all have those moments where we feel like our kids are giving us grey hairs!
But a new study has found that being a parent actually helps you live longer.
Are Children The Secret To A Longer Life?
Researchers at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden analysed the lifespans of more than 1.4 million elderly men and women, all born between 1911 and 1925.
They found that the risk of death was lower in people with at least one child, and that the association between longevity and parenthood grew stronger with age.
Statistics From The Study
The age people were expected to live once they reached 60 and 80 varied on whether they were parents or not.
Men who reached the age of 60 and were fathers were expected to live for an extra 22.2 years.
Men who reached the age of 60 and weren’t fathers were expected to reach an extra 18.4 years.
Women who reached the age of 60 that were mums were expected to live for another 24.6 years.
Women who reached the age of 60 and didn’t have kids were expected to live 23.1 years.
Men who reached the age of 80 and had kids were expected to live a further 7.7 years.
Men who reached the age of 80 and didn’t have kids were expected to live an extra 7 years.
Women who reached the age of 80 and were mums were expected to live a further 9.5 years.
Women who reached the age of 80 and weren’t mums were expected to live for another 8.9 years.
“At 60 years of age, the difference in life expectancy was two years for men and 1.5 years for women,” said the study, published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health.
“Children can provide support in navigating the healthcare system, how to take medication, providing emotional support,” Dr Modig told The Independent.
The sex of the children did not affect the findings, and the difference in death risk was greater in parents who were not married, especially men.
Dr. Modig added: “One explanation could be that, especially in these cohorts of old people, it’s more likely that the man is older than the woman, so maybe women are more likely to be carers.”
So there you have it! Your kids add years to your life, not the other way around!
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