Having a baby over 33 means women live longer

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Women who wait to have kids will outlive us all.

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Finally, there is some good news for women who have laughed in the face of their biological clock and had children later on in life.

A new study has found women who wait to have children until they are over 33 are twice as likely to live to 95-years-old or even older, than those who had babies earlier.

According to the Boston University School of Medicine, women who finish having their family before they are 30 have a shorter life expectancy.

We knew our withered up ovaries would do us a solid in the end.

But as always, science is here to rain on your childless parade, as having a family later doesn't produce some sort of life extending elixir. Instead it just means your ability to have children later shows your body is ageing slower, and therefore logically, you stand a better chance of living longer.

"Of course this does not mean women should wait to have children at older ages in order to improve their own chances of living longer," the study's co-author Thomas Perls, a professor of medicine at BU, explained.

"The age at last childbirth can be a rate of ageing indicator. The natural ability to have a child at an older age likely indicates that a woman's reproductive system is ageing slowly, and therefore so is the rest of her body."

The findings published in the journal Menopause echo previous findings by the New England Centenarian Study, which found women who had children over 40 were four times more lively to live to 100.

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