H-HEALTHY LIVING

Dec 6, 2012 12:24 PM by NBC News

Kids benefit parent's life expectancy

Kids may be exhausting, but having a child could actually extend your life.

A new study reveals parenthood cuts the risk of early death, especially among women.

Childless women were four times as likely to die at a younger age than women who gave birth to their own child.

The death rate was 50% lower among women who adopted.

Interestingly, the prevalence of mental illness in adoptive couples was about half that of other parents.

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