Not Having Kids Might Kill You
Being childless increases risk of premature death, researchers say
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Dec 6, 2012 1:19 PM CST
They may wake you up in the middle of the night, but they're ultimately extending your life, a new study suggests.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – You might swear that your kids are taking years off your life, but a new study suggests they're actually doing the opposite. Parents are a lot less likely to die a premature death than people who don't have kids, a team of Danish researchers has concluded. Childless men saw their risk of an early grave double, and for women it as much as quadrupled, the Daily Mail reports.

The study looked only at couples that wanted children but were unable to have them, however; it didn't look at people who were childless by choice. Adopting appeared to reduce the effects in certain circumstances. Researchers cited a host of potential reasons the childless died early, from drug and alcohol abuse, to depression and psychiatric issues, to physical conditions directly related to their infertility.

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Yourself
Dec 11, 2012 1:55 PM CST
" Not Having Kids Might Kill You" NEWSFLASH: Having kids "might" kill you too... oh, and while we're at it... just incase morons didn't know this... we all die sooner or later, kids or no kids! moronic articles!
DalaiLama
Dec 9, 2012 7:20 AM CST
Conversely, dying young can prevent you from having children.
right2dave
Dec 6, 2012 11:36 PM CST
bullshit