Thursday, November 23, 2006

Living to Be 100 May Depend on Mom

The younger your mother, the better your odds of extreme longevity, study finds HealthDay 11/20/06 "Your chances of living to 100 may depend on how young your mother was when she gave birth to you, say U.S. researchers...A team at the University of Chicago found that people born to women younger than 25 were about twice as 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...Women are three to five times more likely than men to reach 100 years."

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