Older Moms Live Longer…?
By Lizzie Klaesges, University of Saint Thomas, Summer Intern
According to a recent study published by the North American Menopause Society, women who bore children between the ages of 33-37 were 2.08 times more likely to live longer than 95% of their female peers who stopped bearing children by the age of 29. More surprisingly, women who had their last child after the age of 37 are 1.92 times more likely to live to an exceptionally old age.
This information is certainly contrary to what many people believe. Some have been told:
- It is unhealthy for older women to bare children.
- It can lead to an increased risk of complications for the mother and the child.
Of course, this depends on every woman’s individual health. However, I would argue that these finding make logical sense when put into perspective. The study reveals that 80% of a person’s likelihood to live longer can be attributed to the person’s environment: nutrition, personal care, exposure to toxins, etc. Based on this, I would suggest that the evidence of older mothers living longer is a result of respect for the natural functioning of the female body—in other words by not polluting it with harmful toxins including artificial contraceptives and abortifacients, which have been linked to breast cancer. Clearly, this information is further evidence of the health benefits of natural family planning and motherhood. You can’t fool Mother Nature!
God works in mysterious ways. In the Book of Genesis, Abraham was 100 years old and Sarah was 90 when God granted them the baby, Isaac. In the Gospel of Luke, Elizabeth, who was thought to be barren in her old age, gave birth to John the Baptist. God gave Sarah and Elizabeth a miracle just as all babies are miracles. As the Angel foretold to Mary, “nothing is impossible with God.” (Luke 1:37)
ProLife Across America reaches out to all mother’s in need. If you or someone you know is facing a complicated pregnancy, please do not hesitant to call. You are in our prayers. Please also consider helping to support our mission through donations and prayer.
(“Older Moms Outlive Peers.” Healy, Melissa. Los Angeles Times/Star Tribune 06 July 2014)