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How children influence the life expectancy of their parents

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  • Study based on four million Swedish women and men born between 1915 and 1960 proves that mothers and fathers live longer than childless adults.
  • The effect is most visible in adoptive parents, as adopting children can add as much as 5 years to their lifespan.
  • Researchers explain this by saying that people who are better off -- healthy, richer -- are usually those that have children.
  • Additionally, having children in one’s life encourages a more healthy lifestyle, ultimately leading to less accidents and sickness, and a longer life.

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