Becoming a parent reduces health risks, an elaborate and an exhaustive study has found.
The huge data comprised of information of more than 1.5 million men and women. The results of the research found that becoming a parent clearly has a reducing effect on the chances of developing cancer and heart conditions to alcoholism or car accident-related deaths.
But there is a catch to it. Having children is good for parents' health – but only if they stop at two.
The research found that the clarity of the benefits was reached only for men and women who had two offsprings.
Carried out by researchers from Britain and Norway, the analysis showed that the risk of cervical cancer in women and of fatal accidents in men grew, if they had raised 4 or more children.
“Four-plus children might have adverse effects arising from stress, socio-economic disadvantages and lifestyles, off-setting, or even outweighing, social benefits of parenthood”, says Researcher Emily Grundy, of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.
“Those with three children had mixed health fortunes, but parents of two fared best overall”, she said.