According to a new study reported in HealthDay News, couples who have children or have adopted kids, live a longer life.
The study done by researchers in Denmark, published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, took into account factors such as age, income, health and education. Even though those types of components are important considerations, they found that death rates were two to four times higher among couples with no children.
In addition, researchers say that adoptive couples not only increased the longevity of their lives, but also cut the rate of mental illness in half, the site notes.
The study’s authors also suggested that substance use rates were higher among childless parents.
HealthDay News adds that the researchers expressed that their findings might not be relevant “to others who are childless involuntarily.”
Read more on the study here.