Kids after 40 may be marker for longevity

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Wednesday, January 30, 2008 | 0 comments

It could be that if a woman is able to have children in the 11th hour, she is clearly one of the genetic elect.

As the authors of the Boston study put it, the ability to have kids after a certain age, say 40, may simply be a marker for longevity: Late pregnancy implies late menopause, which in turn implies the later onset of age-related disease such as Alzheimer's, heart disease and stroke.

According to yet another study, led by Jonathan L. Tilly of Massachusetts General Hospital and published last month in Nature Genetics, when the ovaries of geriatric mice are engineered to grow eggs and secrete estrogen into advanced old age -- the equivalent of delaying menopause in humans -- they remain strikingly youthful and robust.


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About Catherine: I am mom to three grown sons, two grandchildren and two rescue dogs. After years of raising my boys as a single mom, I remarried a wonderful man who had never had a child of his own. Unexpectedly, I found myself pregnant at 49!
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