2016
DOI: 10.18632/aging.101023
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Abstract: Life history theory postulates a trade-off between development and maintenance. This trade-off is observed when comparing life histories of different animal species. In humans, however, it is debated if variation in longevity is explained by differences in developmental traits. Observational studies found a trade-off between early and high fecundity and longevity in women. Development encompasses more than fecundity and also concerns growth and physical performance. Here, we show a life history trade-off betwe… Show more

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“…As a hallmark of the onset of reproductive maturity, menarche at a later age has been shown to be correlated with higher longevity [ 4 6 ]. Similarly, a later age at physical peak has been shown to be associated with a later age at death [ 8 ]. Taken together, these lines of evidence of a common pattern in three distinct human organ systems (i.e.…”
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“…As a hallmark of the onset of reproductive maturity, menarche at a later age has been shown to be correlated with higher longevity [ 4 6 ]. Similarly, a later age at physical peak has been shown to be associated with a later age at death [ 8 ]. Taken together, these lines of evidence of a common pattern in three distinct human organ systems (i.e.…”
Section: Discussionmentioning
confidence: 99%
“…Similarly, the timing of humans’ physical peak is also correlated with the timing of death: those who peak later, have increased average longevity [8]. However, different organ systems generally develop at different rates and associations that hold true for one system cannot readily be extrapolated to another.…”
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“…To maintain optimal physical abilities in old age, the body actually has the opportunity to prepare itself by maintaining a healthy lifestyle. 3,4…”
Section: Introductionmentioning
confidence: 99%