Michelle Duggar May Have One of the Healthiest Hearts Ever

Michelle DuggarA new study offers some good news for Michelle Duggar and others who foster large families. In it, women who had more children were found to be significantly less likely to die of cardiovascular disease.

Though it was a small study, researchers found that women who were pregnant at least four times had a 35 percent lower risk of heart disease, including things like stroke. No women with 20-plus children were included in the study, but we can optimistically hope this means good things for Michelle.

They aren't certain why there's a link, but they have several ideas, none of which is because the mom gets an exorbitant amount of exercise chasing after all of those children. Instead, they think that it could be attributed to pregnancy hormones, or more social support from a big family, or even just that women who get pregnant repeatedly are likely to be pretty healthy to begin with.

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It's certainly no prescription for heart health, but it does offer one more piece in the puzzle, which is a killer. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 600,000 Americans die from heart disease each year -- about half of them women.

One researcher on the study, Donna Kritz-Silverstein, from the University of California, San Diego, told Reuters Health:

Heart disease is one of the biggest problems facing women today. It's the leading cause of death among women in the United States. Many women don't perceive themselves to be at risk.

So any information to help treat and prevent it is valuable. Also, if you already have a big family, it's good to hear. It seems too often there are only negative associations with having many children (just ask Michelle Duggar), so this is welcome news for big broods. It's perhaps proof that while it feels like a houseful of kids is going to put you in an early grave, those little ones really may be keeping you going even longer.

Are you surprised to learn there may be a link between having a large number of children and a healthier heart?

 

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