Moms of Twins Live Longer, Says Study
Expecting twins? A new study from the University of Utah suggests you're in for a long, healthy life. In the study, researchers surveyed the data of 58,786 women living in Utah who were born between 1807 and 1899 (those who had twins and those who had “single” babies). Data that old was selected because it predates infertility treatments -- researchers wanted to make sure they were studying women who got pregnant with twins without any sort of medical intervention. They found that the 4,603 moms who had twins had a lower risk of dying each year after age 50 than those who had just one baby at a time (it ranged from a 3.3 percent to a 7.6 percent lower risk). We assumed it was all that chasing after two toddlers at a time that made these mamas hardier. But researchers say it's not that having twins made them healthier, but that these women's "innate robustness" made them more likely to healthfully conceive, carry and deliver twins. Go mamas of multiples!
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