Why Dads Are Less Likely to Die Than Non Dads Photo: Erin McFarland Photography
Good news, Bumpies: Having babies may be good for your guy’s heart. A new study in Human Reproduction reports that childless men were 17 percent more likely to die from cardiovascular problems than guys who were dads. Ten years ago, researchers compiled questionnaires from 135,000 men from the AARP. All the men were over the age of 50, didn’t have a history of heart problems and were married or formerly married. Out of the group, 92 percent were fathers. Over the course of 10 years, 10 percent of the men died. The study found that childless men were more likely to die than fathers, and the most popular cause of death was cardiovascular disease. Researchers also found that the number of children a man had also made a difference -- guys with two or more children were less likely to die. Lifestyle choices like smoking and drinking were also taken into account. There’s no official explanation for the findings, but some researchers suggest that infertility might affect a man’s health.
What do you think of this study? Do you think having children affects how long your guy will live?
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