Adult children born to older moms not at higher risk for health problems

Results from a study published in the journal Demography and conducted at The Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Germany suggest that babies born to older mothers are not more likely to experience health problems in adulthood than those born to younger mothers.

Examining data on 18,000 adults living in the United States, Professor Mikko Myrskyla found that adults born to mothers who were between the ages of 35 to 44 when they gave birth, were not more likely to experience serious health problems, obesity, or early death than those whose mothers were between 25 and 34 years of age at the time of their birth. In addition, the results of this study suggest that a mother’s education level, and the number of years she spends raising her children may be as important if not more important than her age, in predicting the health of her adult children.

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Older mothers do not increase the risk of children having health problems when they grow up [Daily Mail Online]

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