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Bearing Sons 'Can Shorten Mother's Life'
The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 11-2-2005 | Roger Highfield

Posted on 11/01/2005 6:14:07 PM PST by blam

Bearing sons 'can shorten mother's life'

By Roger Highfield, Science Editor
(Filed: 02/11/2005)

Giving birth to and raising several sons could be bad for the long-term health of mothers but good for fathers, according to a study published today.

Scientists suspect that having large families shortens a parent's lifespan, because the effects of reproduction and childcare can take their toll on health. However, in a society without good health care, sons could be especially costly for the mother for several reasons.

They are, on average, born heavier and place more physical stresses on the body. They also raise levels of testosterone in their mothers' bodies, which can age the immune system, making it less able to defend the body.

Sons need more care after birth.

Daughters prolong mothers' lives by helping them in tasks such as obtaining food and rearing their younger siblings, at least in the traditional society studied, so daughters might aid long-term survival.

Today in the Proceedings of the Royal Society: Biological Sciences, Dr Lisa Hurt and Dr Carine Ronsmans of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, working with Dr Maria Quigley of Oxford University, found that this was the case in a poor rural area in Bangladesh.

The study of women in Matlab, where data has been gathered on about 200,000 people, concluded that there are indeed "long term costs of bearing sons".

Mortality increased by 11 per cent with each son born. There was no association between mortality and the number of daughters.

For men there was no clear link between longevity and the numbers of sons born. However, their mortality decreased with each surviving son, while daughters had no effect.


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To: blam

My aunt, who is 96 and still active, will probably outlast me -- and she is the mother of two sons, no daughters, and 3 grandsons, no granddaughters.


41 posted on 11/01/2005 7:16:37 PM PST by Albion Wilde (America will not run, and we will not forget our responsibilities. George W. Bush)
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To: blam

Feminists will do anything to get rid of males entirely.

Besides, it's Bush's fault.

/sarc


42 posted on 11/01/2005 7:18:00 PM PST by Albion Wilde (America will not run, and we will not forget our responsibilities. George W. Bush)
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To: blam

Grandma died at 94 after rearing 8 boys and 5 girls. She obviously died before her time.


43 posted on 11/01/2005 7:23:17 PM PST by Pure Country
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To: mom3boys

dang....so am I

My mom, 86 years young, had 6 girls! hmmmmmmm....I suddenly feel very old. 3 sons....26, 24 and 21. I wonder how much longer I have??????


44 posted on 11/01/2005 7:26:19 PM PST by Jrabbit (Kaufman County, Texas)
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To: blam

LOL...Bless her Blam, sounds like my Mom.....she's 71 and is tough as nails still.

Stay Safe !


45 posted on 11/01/2005 7:29:32 PM PST by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet. )
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To: blam

My mother had 4 boys

Lived to 85 and would have lived longer if she hadn't secretly stopped taking her BP medication for a while causing her heart to enlarge


46 posted on 11/01/2005 7:35:03 PM PST by uncbob
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To: Cicero
This is just pseudo science ready to be picked up by the feminazis and their extremist extremism.
47 posted on 11/01/2005 7:35:27 PM PST by Prophet in the wilderness (PSALM 53 : 1 The FOOL hath said in his heart , There is no GOD .)
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To: Albion Wilde
" Feminists will do anything to get rid of males entirely. " ...
Yes.... and just like the homosexuals, it's called self extinction.

The title line should say " Feminism is unhealthy and can shorten a woman's life "
48 posted on 11/01/2005 7:39:39 PM PST by Prophet in the wilderness (PSALM 53 : 1 The FOOL hath said in his heart , There is no GOD .)
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To: blam
Bearing Sons 'Can Shorten Mother's Life'

Even if true, having a son is worth every lost minute..

49 posted on 11/01/2005 7:40:01 PM PST by katnip
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To: armymarinemom

I have 3 sons 22,18,and 17......my advice to young moms of boys is pick your hair color now because gray hair comes early....at least it did for me....still would not trade my boys..... my oldest put me through hell as a youngster but turned out to be a great teen and young man.....love those boys!!!!!


50 posted on 11/01/2005 7:40:15 PM PST by Kimmers
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To: blam
God bless your mom, blam.

My great grandmother lived into her 80's...and had 14 kids!

51 posted on 11/01/2005 7:41:41 PM PST by kstewskis ("I don't know what I know, but I know that it's big..." Jerry Fletcher)
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To: Kimmers
love those boys!!!!!

Oh, we love ours too. We now get to chuckle whenever our sons complain about their sons.

52 posted on 11/01/2005 7:49:32 PM PST by armymarinemom (My sons freed Iraqi and Afghanistan Honor Roll students.)
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To: blam

Going to Nebraska on the 13th for Mother's 95th. There were 5 of us boys.


54 posted on 11/01/2005 7:53:33 PM PST by squirt (POLITICIANS & DIAPERS NEED TO BE CHANGED, FOR THE SAME REASON)
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To: always paddle your own canoe
***Ping***
55 posted on 11/01/2005 7:57:04 PM PST by CARDINALRULES (Tough times never last -Tough people do. DK57)
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To: armymarinemom

"We now get to chuckle whenever our sons complain about their sons."

I know I will also get a big laugh when my sons have their own....hee-hee


56 posted on 11/01/2005 8:08:13 PM PST by Kimmers
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To: sandyeggo

And don't they just make you laugh?......my boys keep my laughing all the time and yet at the same time they can irritate me.....I know God knew I was better suited to be a boy mom....


58 posted on 11/01/2005 8:20:08 PM PST by Kimmers
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To: blam

More crap studies from an university doing all they can to waste government money.

The theory of "those that can do, those that can't teach" is proven correct once again.


59 posted on 11/01/2005 8:29:07 PM PST by dalereed
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