Women who give birth may be biologically “older” than women who don’t according to a new study.
How can researchers tell that you’re biologically older?
In this study researchers looked at genetic material located inside women’s cells called telomeres. Over 1500 women ages 20 to 44 had blood samples taken. Those who had given birth to one child or more had telomeres roughly 4 percent shorter than women who never had children.
Why would this mean you’re biologically older?
Telomeres are considered a marker for biological age, meaning the age of a person’s cells. They typically get shorter the older you get. The researchers aren’t sure the reason behind this link but it could be related to extra stress due to pregnancy, birth and child-rearing.
What are your prescriptions?
As we continue to grow through life, many changes happen to our body. If you want to live longer, you’ll need good healthy habits. Here are my prescriptions:
1. Be sure you eat a healthy diet
Nutrient-rich foods help to prevent disease and provide energy.
2. Get Health Screenings
They can help identify problems – sometimes before you have any symptoms.
3. Manage Stress
Long term stress can help cause many problems like high blood pressure, obesity and mental health disorders.
4. Be Active
Exercise can ward off health problems like creeping weight gain, diabetes, heart disease, or dementia.
Is it ever too late to become a health hero and make a change for the better?
It’s never too late to become your own health hero by leading a healthier lifestyle. You can take action regardless of your age to reduce the risk of developing chronic disease, even if you’re in your 60s and 70s. Healthy habits like eating healthy and exercising can improve your function and your health well into older age.
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