Dec 6, 2012 12:24 PM by NBC News
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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