People are more likely to see their 100th birthday, research hints, if they were born to young mothers.
The age at which a mother gives birth has a major impact on how long her child will live, two researchers from the University of Chicago's Center on Aging told the Chicago Actuarial Association meeting this spring.
The chances of living to the ripe old age of 100 --- and beyond --- nearly double for a child born to a woman before her 25th birthday, Drs. Leonid Gavrilov and Natalia Gavrilova reported. The father's age is less important to longevity, according to their research.
[Reuters, 23 June 2006]
My mom was nearly 41 years old when I was born, so if we were to base it on this study alone, I think I will never live up to a hundred. I would like to believe that long life depends on the interplay of a lot of factors. Good genes is on top of the list, of course. And then, there's better lifestyle choices like refraining from smoking, too much alcohol drinking, eating too much sweets, having a regular form of exercise, eating more fruits and veggies, having a less stressful life, and having an adequate amount of sleep every night.
Would you like to live to a hundred? Would you like to call it quits when you reach 70 or 80? Death comes like a thief, and science still has no power over it. I say, live your life as if death is always near......so you won't be too sorry if it comes sooner than later.