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Not Having Kids Might Kill You

Being childless increases risk of premature death, researchers say
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 6, 2012 1:19 PM CST

(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.

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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. (Read more parenting stories.)

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