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Study: Baby-making could speed up your expiry date

The surprising link between reproduction and death

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According to an article in Deutsche Welle, scientists have cracked the code on why we humans seem to hit our expiration date once we're past our prime baby-making years. It's like our bodies are saying, "Okay, you've done your part, time to clock out!"

Here's the scoop: researchers dug into the genes of over 276,000 folks and found a wild link between being a baby-making machine and kicking the bucket early. Yep, turns out those of us who have the genes for popping out mini-humans are more likely to punch out sooner. It's like a cruel joke from Mother Nature.

But wait, there's more! The study suggests that the very traits that make us super fertile in our prime can come back to bite us in the rear as we get older. Picture this: your body's all like, "Let's have all the babies!" when you're young and spry. But as the years pile on, those same traits start making you feel creaky and worn out, like a rusty old car.

Take menopause, for example. It's like hitting a big ol' pause button on your baby-making factory. But here's the kicker: it actually speeds up the aging process. Talk about a double whammy!

And get this: having genes that make you more fertile might mean you're more likely to age like a fine cheese – but not in a good way. Think more wrinkles, more aches, and feeling like you've been run over by a truck.

Now, before you start freaking out, remember this study isn't the end-all-be-all. There's still a lot we don't know about why we age the way we do. But hey, understanding the biology behind our expiration dates could lead to some cool discoveries down the road – like maybe finding the fountain of youth!

[This article is a summary of an article written in DW.com]

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