Men with children live longer, Dutch study finds

Most studies on the influence of children on the life focus on women. A new Dutch study suggests that men may also experience physical consequences of parenthood.

Men with children live longer on average than men without children, according to the demographics study of nearly five thousand men of 45 years or older, followed since the early 90s.

The difference with childless men becomes apparent with two or more children, according to sociologist Renske Keizer of the Erasmus University.

The risk of dying for young fathers is 16 percent lower, she told today at a meeting of the Dutch Organization for Scientific Research (NWO).

The results of the study were recently published in the European Journal of Public Health.

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