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OLDER MEN VERSES BIOLOGICAL CLOCK

OLDER MEN VERSES BIOLOGICAL CLOCK

It was thought that older women are at a greater risk of having children with disorders but a recent study has shown that people were wrong. The study revealed that older fathers may face higher risks than women when it comes to having children with psychiatric problems including bipolar disorder, autism and attention deficits.

Men who father children after age 24 faced increasing odds for having children with psychiatric problems or academic difficulties with greatest risk seen at the age of45 and older. Kids fathered by men at age 45 and older faced risks almost 25 times greater for bi polar disorder; 13 times greater for ADHD ; more than three times greater for autism; almost three times greater for suicide attempts and about two times greater for schizophrenia and substance abuse.

There is no specific age for having children but our biological clock won’t wait for us and as for the researchers the older you are the more risky it is. The reason as to why the risk increases with advancing age is that sperm are continually produced throughout men’s lives and mutations may occur each time the cell divide to create new sperm.

Women are born with a set number of eggs that became susceptible to certain genetic mutations including those that cause Down syndrome as women age. Other research has suggested women’s age might play a role in autism and other disorders but father’s age was not considered a potential risk until fairly recently. These researches don’t prevent people from having children at certain age it just caution human beings.

 

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