Children of older mothers are fitter, taller and smarter

Children of older mothers are fitter, taller and smarter

New study: children of older mothers are fitter, taller and more educated
Although scientific studies in the past have shown that children's health risks increase with the age of their mothers, it seems that the offspring also benefit from this. According to the latest findings, children of older mothers are fitter, taller and more intelligent.

Despite risks, children of older mothers benefit
The average age of mothers continues to rise. This is despite the fact that numerous studies have shown that the health risks of children increase with the age of their mothers: for example, the later women become pregnant, the greater the risk that the children will be born with Down syndrome more often. In addition, the offspring may be more likely to develop Alzheimer's, high blood pressure or diabetes later in life. Despite these risks, children benefit if their mothers get them late, the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) in Rostock reports in a press release. This is confirmed by a study published by the director of the MPIDR, Mikko Myrskylä, and Kieron Barclay from the "London School of Economics" in the journal "Population and Development Review".

Similar results in previous studies
Years ago, researchers led by Mikko Myrskylä, when examining the medical data of 18,000 US citizens, found that children of old women were healthier than others. At the end of last year, British researchers from the “London School of Economics” reported study results that show that mothers in their thirties mostly have more intelligent children. In the current study, data from Sweden have now been evaluated.

Advantages of medical advances
Even though the older age of the mother is associated with health risks for the child, the offspring of older mothers, according to the researchers, is healthier, bigger and more educated than the children of younger women. The benefits of medical advances and a social status of the mother that improves over time outweigh the risks. Previous studies that looked at the impact of mother age on children's health had neglected such developments, according to the scientists.

Youngsters with better school performance
In their study, the researchers analyzed the data of more than 1.5 million women and men from Sweden who were born between 1960 and 1991. They examined the size of these people, their physical fitness, their school-leaving qualifications and their level of education. They examined the factors of size and physical fitness as these are good indicators of general health, while the level of education is crucial for professional success and socio-economic status. The researchers found that the children of older mothers were taller, did better in school, and were more likely to go to university than children of younger mothers. This was true even if the mothers were over 40 when the child was born.

Another view of the advanced age of mothers
And even when the researchers compared siblings with a large age gap, it turned out that children whose mother had been at birth in their early 40s attended school or university on average about one year longer than siblings whose mother was only beginning when they were born Was 20. "The advantages of a later year of birth outweigh the individual risk factors of an older mother at birth", Mikko Myrskylä summarized the results. According to the scientist, one has to develop a different perspective on the advanced age of mothers: "Expectant parents are almost always aware of the risks associated with late pregnancy - but they hardly know the positive effects." (Ad)

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