When your kids act up, you tell them they’re giving you gray hair and taking years off your life, but science might actually say you’re wrong. According to the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, couples with children have actually been found to live longer, healthier lives than their childless counterparts. Interestingly, biological and adoptive parents got the same benefits.
The study looked at population records of births and deaths in Denmark between 1994 and 2008 and found that women who had children and women who adopted were four and two times less likely to die from circulatory diseases, accidents and cancer than their childless counterparts. Even more shocking, the death rate for men who didn’t have children was twice as high than the rate for men who did. Researchers looked at the couples’ mental health as well, discounting those who had addiction issues. While biological parents and childless parents had about the same rates of mental illness, adoptive parents had lower rates.
Some say the Danish study looked at couples who wanted children in the first place. Couples that choose to be childless weren’t counted. Researchers did, however, have a large sample of people who tried IVF but didn’t conceive, and that failure could very mean mental health problems for parents.
What do you think, MommyNoire family: are you buying this study?
Words: Desiree Browne