Study: Babies Born to Older Mothers are Healthier and Smarter

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By The Daily Mail UK

Children of older mothers are healthier, taller and obtain more education than children of younger mothers, according to a study.

Researchers claim health and educational opportunities steadily improve year-by-year, meaning it pays to be born later.

Most research has previously suggested that older motherhood causes a heightened probability of Down Syndrome, Alzheimer’s disease, hypertension and diabetes.

However, while not arguing against this, the latest findings by the London School of Economics and the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, in Germany, suggest there are also benefits.

Specifically, the fact a ten-year difference in maternal age is accompanied by a decade of changes to social and environmental conditions.

‘Those twenty years make a huge difference,’ explains author Mikko Myrskylä.

‘A child born in 1990, for example, had a much higher probability of going to a college or university than somebody born 20 years earlier.’

Scientists used data from over 1.5 million Swedish men and women born between 1960 and 1991 to examine the relationship between maternal age at the time of birth, and height, physical fitness, grades in high school, and educational attainment of the children.

Physical fitness and height are good proxies for overall health, and educational attainment is a key determinant of occupational achievement and lifetime opportunities, they said.

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