London: Those who have two children arelikely to be more healthier than their counterparts who arechildless or have one kid, a new study has found. The international research on 1.5 million people foundthat becoming a mother or father reduces the risk of serioushealth conditions such as cancer, heart disease or becoming analcoholic.
It found those who had no children, or just one, had anincreased risk of dying from almost every condition, with aparticularly strong link with alcohol abuse. Among women, there was a higher likelihood of accidentsand heart, and circulatory disease while men more commonlysuffered lung and respiratory problems. Those with three children had mixed health fortunes, butparents of two fared best overall. Those with larger families did almost as badly as thosewith none or one child -- but for different reasons. Cervical cancer featured prominently among mothers offour, while father of large families were more likely tosuffer violence and accidents. However, the study found that there were some benefitsfor women with several children as their odds of breast cancerwere reduced. The findings of the study appeared in the Social Science& Medicine Journal. PTI
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