Want to Live Longer? Make Sure Your Mom is Less Than 25 Years Older Than You
July 13, 2006
Those who live to be 100 years and older are more likely to have had young mothers, according to research from the University of Chicago's Center on Aging.
A mother's age when she gives birth has a large impact on the future lifespan of her child, the study found. Researchers reviewed census data, social security administration database and genealogical records and identified 198 U.S. centenarians born from 1890 to 1893.
Results showed that children born to mothers under the age of 25 have nearly double the chance of living to be 100 than those born to older mothers. The father's age did not appear to have an impact.
Other factors that also appear to affect longevity include growing up in the Western United States, growing up on a farm and being a first-born child. However, the researchers said mother's age appears to be more important for longevity than any other factor.
The findings could have major implications, as an increasing number of women are putting of childbirth until later ages in favor of career or other pursuits.