Study: Having Kids Ages Women More Than Smoking Or Obesity

Having a nice family is the dream for many, but new data shows having kids ages women’s DNA by 11 years. George Mason University researchers analyzed data from 1,505 women ages 20 to 44 who took part in a national survey between 1999 and 2002. Researchers looked at the women’s live birth histories, and found giving birth shortened the telomere ‘cap’ ends of their DNA strands by around 4.2 percent longer telomere lengths are associated with a slower aging process, and better health.) Study author Dr. Anna Pollack says this may be due to the stress of raising children, particularly in countries without mandatory maternity leave, such as the U.S. Still, Pollack adds, “We’re not saying ‘don’t have children’.” More research is needed on the topic. (Daily Mail