Health Matters: Mothers of Twins

By: Triston Sanders-Medical Anchor Email
By: Triston Sanders-Medical Anchor Email

May 18, 2011
A new study suggests moms who give birth to twins are stronger than the rest of us.
The study involved 58,000 Utah women. All were mothers.
The only catch was that they had to be born before 1900.
The reason they focused on those women is because they wanted to examine a group of women where their fertility was not affected by contraception or modern medical intervention and it was their natural fertility.
Researchers say bottom line: Mother Nature simply made some women healthier so they are strong enough to have twins and to raise them.
The researchers say they're not saying that women should attempt consciously to go out and have twins so that they can live longer.
They're just saying if you're healthy to begin with, you're more likely to have twins and you're more likely to live longer.
Researchers discovered women who have had twins reach the age of fifty are 7 and half times more likely to live longer than woman who don't have twins.
The study was funded by the National Institute on Aging.

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