ALL kids love it when Grandma spoils them rotten, but a new study suggests that she and Grandpa might even be helping them live longer.

A Swiss and Australian survey analysed records from all over the world to explore the role of grandparents.

Fascinatingly, it found that grandparents are actually contributing to the survival of the species thanks to practical support, financial aid – and of course good old-fashioned love.

Grandmothers were found to be particularly nurturing, with grandparents often acting as ‘buffers’ that shield youngsters during difficult times.

This is particularly interesting in Spain, where a third of grandmothers take care of childcare duties during the week.

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