Conceiving later in life ‘marker for longevity in women’

26 June 2014

Women who can successfully conceive naturally later in life are more likely to live longer, according to research from Boston University School of Medicine.

The scientists behind the study claim that women who are able to bear children after the age of 33 are more likely to live longer compared to those who give birth to their last infant before 30.

In reference to the findings, Dr Thomas Perls, lead author, commented:"Of course this does not mean women should wait to have children at older ages in order to improve their own chances of living longer.

"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."

Researchers discovered that women who had their last child after the age of 33 years were twice as likely to live to 95 years or older compared with those who had their last baby by age 29.

The findings suggest that the female population could be the driving force behind the genetic variants that slow ageing and decrease risk for age-related genes - a factor that helps people live to “extreme” old age.

Posted by Jeanette Royston

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