Studies Show Moms-of-Many May Live Longer, and Here’s Why

Studies Show Moms-of-Many May Live Longer, and Here’s Why
Moms know how tough life can
get when you bring up 3, 4 or even more kids, but being a mom-of-many has its
bright sides as well. Having multiple kids will fill your life with many
adventures, incredible amounts of love, and will guarantee you needed care and
support in your elderly life. It turns out that giving birth to many children
may give you even more than that. Experts found that the more kids you have,
the longer you live, and their explanations seem pretty convincing.
Here at Bright Side, we’ve looked
at a few scientific studies that explain why and how being a mom-of-many can
extend a woman’s life, and here’s what we’ve learned.
Studies Show Moms-of-Many May Live Longer, and Here’s Why 
A team of researchers from the
University of New South Wales studied a large group of older Australians to
find out how the absence or presence of kids (and their number) influences
women’s life expectancy. It turned out that women who had 2 kids had a 17%
decreased risk of death compared to those who had no children. Women with 3
kids demonstrated a lower death risk which was 20% less, and this pattern
continued with a bigger number of kids. So, what are the reasons behind this
fantastic effect of motherhood?
Giving birth to many children
slows down cellular aging, one of the theories suggests.

Studies Show Moms-of-Many May Live Longer, and Here’s Why
The study carried out by a
team of experts from Simon Fraser University in Canada has shown that women
with more children are likely to slow down their cells’ aging process. Health
science professor, Pablo Nepomnaschy and postdoctoral researcher, Cindy Barha
studied women from Guatemala who showed cellular signs of longevity. Older
theories suggested that women who gave birth to many kids aged faster, as
“bearing children robs mothers of their cellular energy”. The new study,
however, showed the opposite results.
Studies Show Moms-of-Many May Live Longer, and Here’s Why 
Cellular aging is indicated by
the shortening of telomeres, the protective tips found at the end of each DNA
strand that tend to shorten with time. Professor Nepomnaschy and his team were
surprised to learn that women with longer telomeres had more children. The
scientists believe that this phenomenon may be related to the dramatic increase
in estrogen which mothers of many kids experience. “Estrogen functions as a
potent antioxidant that protects cells against telomere shortening,” the
professor says.
Social context and psychology
may also be important.

Studies Show Moms-of-Many May Live Longer, and Here’s Why 
Pablo Nepomnaschy mentions
another reason for children’s relation to longevity. He believes that social
contexts mothers live in could also make a difference. Moms-of-many generally
receive more support from their friends and family which positively influences
their physical and emotional state. “Greater support leads to an increase in
the amount of metabolic energy that can be allocated to tissue maintenance,
thereby slowing down the process of aging,” he says.
Studies Show Moms-of-Many May Live Longer, and Here’s Why
Research carried out by a team
of experts from Perth’s Edith Cowan University in Australia showed that
families with 4 or more children get the greatest life satisfaction. Dr. Harman
is sure that it’s all about increased mutual support within the family and a
peaceful psychological atmosphere. “The kids are never bored, they have someone
to play with and they get independence quite early on,” the doctor says.
Studies Show Moms-of-Many May Live Longer, and Here’s Why 
What do you think of this
theory? Do you have moms-of-many in your family? We can’t wait to see your
thoughts and stories in the comments!

SOURCE: BRIGHTSIDE
Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.