Lengthening a woman’s fertility may extend her life as well, research finds

Studies show women who have later menopause tend to live longer and have an enhanced ability to repair their DNA. Photo: Pexels

(Sandee LaMott/ CNN News) –– One organ in a woman’s body ages more than twice as fast as all other tissues, wreaking havoc with both fertility and long-term health.

“Ovaries are very strange, very odd in terms of the rest of the human body. We can think about them like an accelerated model for human aging,” said Jennifer Garrison, an assistant professor at California’s Buck Institute for Research on Aging, the world’s first biomedical research institution devoted exclusively to the science of aging.

“When a woman is in her late 20s or early 30s, the rest of her tissue is functioning at peak performance, but her ovaries are already showing overt signs of aging,” Garrison told an audience at Life Itself, a health and wellness event presented this year in partnership with CNN. (…)