A surprising new study suggests that the more children a woman has, the slower she ages. Researchers have revealed that women who had more children had longer telomeres than women who had fewer children.
Telomeres are caps at the end of each DNA strand that protect our chromosomes.
The study led by Prof.Pablo Nepomnaschy of University of Canada opined that the hormone estrogen that rises during pregnancy protects cells against telomere shortening.
Furthermore, Prof. Nepomnaschy says social environment may play a role in the association between the number of children a woman has and her pace of aging, noting that the women included in the study who had multiple children had greater social support from family and friends. “Greater support leads to an increase in the amount of metabolic energy that can be allocated to tissue maintenance, thereby slowing down the process of aging, he adds.