A recent study by Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) has indicated that women giving birth later in life have a greater chance of living longer.
The study indicated that women who give birth to their last child after age 33 are more likely to live to 95 years of age than those who gave birth to their last child before age 29. The study reports that women who can give birth later in life may be aging slower than others.
“The age at last childbirth can be a rate of aging indicator. The natural ability to have a child at an older age likely indicates that a woman’s reproductive system is aging slowly, and therefore so is the rest of her body,” explained Thomas Perls, MD, MPH.
According to Time.com, these findings aren’t new.
“An earlier study from the New England Centenarian Study found that women who had children after the age of 40 were four times more likely to live to 100 than women who had their last child at a younger age,” Time.com reported.
The BUSM study believes this is related to genetic factors that help people live to older ages. It hints that women may be the main force behind aging and that having these “genetic variants slow aging and decrease risk for age-related genes.”
This means that these genes that slow down aging may be passed on to children.
Scientists believes that these findings show the importance of future genetic testing on aging issues.