People who have children live longer. To such conclusion the Swedish researchers, watching the 1.5 million inhabitants of the country, the Agency reports Bi-bi-si.
Researchers examined data on life expectancy of men and women born between 1911 and 1925 and have reached 60 years of age. The researchers found that people who had at least one child, lived longer than childless.
The study showed that in 60 years the difference in life expectancy for males was two years, for women – and a half. And up to 80 years, according to scientists, men with children, the average was still 7 years and 8 months, while the childless – just seven years. For women, these figures were 9 years and 6 months 8 years and 11 months.
Scientists do not claim that children are the cause of longevity, however, suggest that the difference may be due to financial and other forms of assistance that children provide to parents, as well as the fact that childless people are less healthy lifestyle than those who have at least one child.
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