Tuesday, October 28, 2008 2:31:02 AM
In conclusion, the findings in this study cannot be proven factual or even reasonable for another 80-100 years when there is a group of centenarians born during the times of advanced medical technology and higher rates of marriage and childbearing in the late 20s and early and mid 30s to compare to the 1875-1899 study group. Let's wait awhile before we try to use the lifestyles and families of people born two centuries ago to conclude which of us will live to see 100!
Tuesday, October 28, 2008 2:21:36 AM
What you have to realize about this theory is that there are many flaws! First, the study was done on people who were at least 100 years old and born between 1875 and 1899. In those times, most people got married in their early and mid-teens and had kids by the time they were 20. Therefore, most of the people in the study would have had mothers who gave birth to them before the age of 25 anyway. Second, medical care in the late 1800s was prehistoric and there have been great technilogical advances in medicine and healthcare in the last century. Therefore, prenatal care is significantly more advanced and allows for more healthy babies to be born to older women. Current prenatal care standards were unheard of then. Third, the environment in which most children born to younger mothers in the 1800s lived was much more family oriented, traditional and low-stress than they usually are nowadays and all of these factors can be linked to a longer, healthier life.