called longevity genes

June 25, 2014 9:46 PM

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Authors of the new study -- which was published this week in the journal Menopause -- say the connection isn't causal, but suggests the same genes that enable a women to get pregnant later in life (without fertility drugs) may also slow the aging process and ward off disease.

"The natural ability to have a child at an older age likely indicates that a woman's reproductive system is aging slowly, and therefore so is the rest of her body," explained Dr. Thomas Perls, a professor at Boston University School of Medicine.

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