A study claims that having a child may shorten a woman's life. According to a research, women who have given birth have shorter telomeres compared to the women who have not given birth.
Telomeres are the end caps of DNA on our chromosomes, which help in DNA replication and get shorter over time. Giving birth can shorten a women life by 11 years. The length of telomeres has been associated with morbidity and mortality previously, but this is the first study to examine links with having children.
“We can’t tell if having children is related to shortening of telomeres or merely whether women who have children start out with shorter telomeres,” say experts.
“Additional factors to consider include stress and social support, as well as whether similar findings are seen in men,” added by another expert but the findings are preliminary and will be confirmed with prospective studies.
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