Can having a Baby Later in Life Equal Mom Longevity?

95-year-old lady and friend. New York World’s Fair 1939-1940 records.

Did you hear that actress Betty White turned 95 years old today?

Happy Birthday!

From info that I gathered on the Internet, she doesn’t have any biological children.

Which kind of goes against an article that I found on <a href=”https://medlineplus.gov/news/fullstory_162084.html”>HealthDay News</a>, “Do Women Who Have Kids Later Live Longer?”

So the study considers “older” maternal age to be 25+, relative to averages in the United States. HealthDay says that the average age for American women to have a baby is a little over age 26.

One of the researchers, Aladdin Shadyab of UC, San Diago School of Medicine says that women shouldn’t <i>delay</i> having children just for longevity’s sake. He says that they don’t really know why the stats show what they do. He also says that women of higher economic/social status could play a part in the results.

That makes sense, because women who are better educated will read up on the latest health news (very much like you are doing now!), and most women wait until college is done and have started a career before getting married and then having the munchkins.

My favorite part of the article is a quote by Steven Austad, scientific director of the American Federation for Aging Research <i>and</i> the chair of biology at UAB (University of Alabama in Birmingham). Woot! Woot! #lovemystate

Of the two-thirds left that were studied, more than half lived to 90. If you’re not in the longevity business, that sounds like it should be a lot — but if you live to 75, you have a good chance of living to 90,” says Austad.

Great news for those of us whose moms and grammas live(d) past 75 as well as those of us who had babies in our later years!

Ladies at World’s Fair photo:

Manuscripts and Archives Division, The New York Public Library. “Fairgrounds – Visitors – Elderly – 95-year-old woman and friend” The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1935 – 1945.

http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/5e66b3e8-812e-d471-e040-e00a180654d7

 

 

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