Women having children age MORE than smoking and obesity.
Having children ages women’s DNA by 11 years, new research suggests.
Giving birth shortens women’s telomeres by around 4.2 per cent, a study found according to Daily Mail.
Study author Dr Anna Pollack from George Mason University, Virginia, said: ‘We were surprised to find such a striking result. It is equivalent to around 11 years of accelerated cellular ageing.’
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Researchers believe this may be due to the stress of raising children, particularly in countries without mandatory maternity leave, such as the US.
They stress, however, more research into the link between motherhood and genetic ageing is required, with Dr Pollack adding: ‘We’re not saying “don’t have children”.
This totally contradicts a Swedish study that found people with kids had a slightly longer life expectancy (2 years for men and 1.5 years for women), and that after age 80, this longer life expectancy remained (nine months longer for men and seven months longer for women with kids). Read more HERE.
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