October 12th, 2001


Stay childless to stay healthy


James Doherty

IF YOU hope to live a long and healthy
life, then abandon all plans of marriage, forget about the trauma of
childbirth and dedicate yourself to climbing the career ladder to
achieve a disease-free old age.

A massive study of 15,000 middle-aged
men and women, carried out in Paisley 30 years ago, has given
researchers a unique opportunity to determine the factors which
contribute to a productive dotage.

And the startling results reveal that
women who have never married and never given birth have the best
chance of good health in their later years.

For men, career success seems to be the
elusive elixir necessary for sustained quality of life long
after-retirement age.

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