Giving Birth Shortens a Woman’s Life Expectancy by Up to Two Years

A new study, executed by researchers at Northwestern University in Illinois, US, finds that giving birth shortens a woman’s life by up to two years. That means the more children a woman has, the shorter her lifespan may be.giving birth shortens women's life

For the study, the researchers examined 3,200 women aged from 20 to 22 years in the Philippines. They found that every birth has a damaging effect at the cellular level, having looked at two markers of cellular aging —telomere length and epigenetic age. These two factors may predict mortality.

Lead author Calen Ryan says: “Both [markers] appeared ‘older’ in women who had more pregnancies in their reproductive histories. Even after accounting for other factors that affect cellular aging, the number of pregnancies still came out on top.”

2 Comments

  1. jeanette

    I would like further research clarification of factors of cellular aging related to stress, or diminished stress, of family life such as carrying responsibility w/ adequate, or inadequate, support and resources.

    Reply
    • maisteri

      There is unfortunately no studies regarding the cellular aging in relation to the family life as every family is different, with different prevalence of stressful events and different perception of stress. However, several studies regarding the cellular aging and stress in general were conducted. It was found that chronic stress (especially during childhood or adolescence) may cause the cellular damage and accelerate the cellular aging by shortening the specific region of chromosomes known as telomere which is responsible for the cells’ life span. For example, in one research participated mothers which were taking care of their chronic ill children and mothers of healthy kids. Telomere regions appeared shorter in women who experienced child’s illness.

      Reply

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Cart Preview

Kale, Cabbage, and Broccoli May Protect Against Bowel Cancer

Kale, Cabbage, and Broccoli May Protect Against Bowel Cancer

A new study finds that in the process of digestion of such green vegetables as kale, cabbage, and broccoli a protein, known as aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR), is activated that reduces gut inflammation and prevents the colon form of cancer. For the study, a team of...

Talking to Kids from Early Age Could Promote Their Language Skills

Talking to Kids from Early Age Could Promote Their Language Skills

According to the findings of a recent research, published in the JNeurosci, regular talking to young children associated with the stronger connections between two developing brain regions critical for language. The research was held independently of parental income...

[WpProQuiz 1]

Featured Products

Exercise May Serve as an Antidepressant

A new study of nearly 18,000 participants found that those with high fitness at middle age were significantly less likely to die from heart disease in later life, even if they were diagnosed with depression. Doctor's Tips: How to Stay Fit While Treating Depression Dr....

read more

Fitness: Warm Ups Can Chill Out the Perfomance

The warm ups are supposed to increase body temperature and blood flow so the muscles and surrounding joints become more responsive and prepared for physical activity. Although there’s a neurological element to warm-ups, most research focuses on the physiological...

read more

How to Choose the Right Sport for You?

We all know that doing sports is very important, both for health and for a beautiful body. But at the moment when we decide to finally take the path, we are faced with the question: what kind of sport is right for me? So, let's start with the fact that a lot of people...

read more