Numbers Don't Lie

Friday, December 08, 2006

Want to live to 100? This may depend on Mom

A team at the University of Chicago found that people born to women younger than 25 were about 2 times more likely to live for a century or longer than people born to older mothers.

The study of 198 centenarians born in the United States from 1890-1893 found that first-born children were more likely to live to 100 than later-born siblings. After further analysis, the researchers concluded that this longevity advantage among first-born children was largely linked to the fact that they were born when their mothers were in their teens or early 20s.

Just a FYI - according to the Census Bureau, between 1990 and 2000, the number of centenarians in the United States increased from 37,000 to 55,000. Women are 3 to 5 times more likely than men to reach 100 years.

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6 Comments:

Blogger Crashdummie said...

Bummer, since most women get their first child in their late 20's...

3:46 AM

 
Blogger Léia and Cezar said...

Hi!Nice blog!Congratulations...
Let me say that state of mind -equilibrium - is important as well, to live longer...hey, it's not a kind of scientific opinion, please! Just the way that I think...
Be happy!

Léia ( from Brazil )

10:55 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So my children, whenever I have them, will probably not live to their 100th birthday... oh well.

11:12 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

But anyone who is alive at 100 today or has already lived to 100 and died was born at a time when women likely had children at a younger average age than women do today. Right? So wouldn't it be probable at this time that ALL old people, over 100 or not, were born to younger rather than older moms? ...But really, who wants to live to be 100 anyway? Or have kids, for that matter. :)

1:18 PM

 
Anonymous Miguel De Los Bastardos said...

Hot damn I like this blog!! Keep the stats commin'! :)

8:32 PM

 
Anonymous Gui said...

My god! Who wants to live until 100 years?? lol
For me just 70 or 75 would be enough!
By the way, that's a very nice and curious blog. Congratulations!
Regards.

3:56 PM

 

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