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Those Who Have Kids Live Longer than Those Who Do Not

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You might think that having kids will take years from your life, but actually, it’s the opposite.  According to a new study, those who’ve failed to have kids are 2 – 4 times more likely to die young than their parents.   Prior research has shown that couples without children don’t live as long as their parents, but this study goes further to sort out those who adopted or tried other ways to have kids.

“Several previous studies have found strong associations between childlessness and psychiatric illness,” Agerbo told NBC News. “I think that our study is superior, because it is only based on people who want to have children, whereas previous research included everybody,” Agerbo said.

 Agerbo reports in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health that in the course of his study, women who did not have kids or adopt were four times more likely to die young than those in the other group.  For men, the probability of death was double.
“Mindful that association is not causation, our results suggest that the mortality rates are higher in the childless,” he said in the study.
“Parents are less likely to die from accidents, circulatory diseases, cancer, and external causes — thus I suggest a behavioral difference,” Agerbo says. “Our study was not large enough to say whether suicide was less common among parents, but the rate of accidents is higher among non-parents — perhaps I am more prone to buy a big motorcycle or a fast car than family-friendly slow van.”

3 Comments

  1. SayWhat

    December 11, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    Poppycock! How about comparing early death to those parents suffering from dysfunctional family syndrome? Of those two groups who experiences a better quality of life? At least there is a benefit a parent — someone to keep you on life support indefinitely if the occasion arises — definitely a prolonged life option a childless person would not have.

  2. Dark Chocolate

    December 23, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    This is definitely a surprise to me.

  3. Greg

    December 23, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    They probably have more of an incentive to.

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