They are already born with a social advantage that scientists believe extends their lifespan.
Not all twins have macabre and supernatural stories, but scientists believe they have at least one superpower: a longer life. Researchers at the University of Washington found that fraternal twins live longer than people who didn’t have to share a womb. Already the identical pairs were the champions of longevity.
Scientists sought information about the twins in Denmark . The country maintains one of the oldest and most complete records in the world of womb partners.
It all started in 1950 with a cancer study – and the database has grown so large that it now has information from almost every twin Danes, triplets and quadruples born since 1870.
The study looked at the medical history of nearly 3,000 pairs of twins born between 1870 and 1900. The survival advantage of male twins emerged after age 40. 8 out of 10 men reach 45 in Denmark.
Among twins, 9 out of 10. Twins, aged 60 and over, had a survival rate 10% higher than the rest of the female population.
One possible explanation from scientists is that reason is not about genetics but about social relations. Always having a twin to rely on can help reduce the death rate.
Sound weird? For previous studies have found a very similar protective effect on marriage .
People with strong social connections are less likely to engage in risky behaviors and have less exposure to stress.
This is called “social support”: when there is someone who can give unconditional support and ensure their well-being, it is much easier to deal with health problems and emergencies, and the bond is also a great advantage for mental health.
Unfortunately, not everyone already comes out of the womb with a best friend and roommate, but scientists believe that the “twin effect” can be replicated with other relationships created postpartum, to combat both mortality and loneliness – which is so bad for you. for health regarding obesity and smoking .