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Older Mothers May Actually Live Longer: Study

06/30/2014 04:04 EDT | Updated 06/30/2014 04:59 EDT

For women who choose to have children later in life, the messages they hear about their health are often of doom, gloom and general negativity. But a new study may finally have found a true benefit, and it's the one everyone seeks — a longer life.

As the video above details, a study in the journal Menopause found that women who had children later were twice as likely to live exceptionally long lives (considered to be living to 95), as compared to those who stopped having children by age 29.

Of course, it must be noted that in this context, older mothers are considered women who had their children after age 33, which is not even the start of when most believe mothers are "older." The Canadian Institute for Health Information, for example, emphasizes risks for women starting at 35 and up.

Either way, this is great news for a population that is having children older and older (in Canada, the average age of mothers when they give birth is 29.6). And it's not just our society that's reaping the benefits — watch the video above for an explanation as to what this could mean for future generations.

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