Does reproduction decrease longevity in human beings?

  title={Does reproduction decrease longevity in human beings?},
  author={{\'E}ric Le Bourg},
  journal={Ageing research reviews},
  volume={6 2},
According to the disposable soma theory, a cost for reproduction could exist in human beings and other species and, thus, longevity could decrease when women have a higher number of children. The purpose of this article is to review the evidence in populations living or not living under natural fertility conditions, i.e. when fertility is near its biological maximum. The results indicate that in natural fertility conditions longevity does not decrease when the number of children increases but… CONTINUE READING

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