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    Scientists reveal dangers of older fathers

    A mass study found that deaths of children fathered by over-45s occurred at almost twice the rate of those fathered by men aged between 25 and 30.
    Scientists believe that children of older fathers are more likely to suffer particular congenital defects as well as autism, schizophrenia and epilepsy. The study was the first of its kind of such magnitude in the West, and researchers believe the findings are linked to the declining quality of sperm as men age.
    A total of 100,000 children born between 1980 and 1996 were examined, of whom 830 have so far died before they reached 18, the majority when they were less than a year old.

    More: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/ukne...r-fathers.html

    So not only women who need to consider dangers of becoming an older parent to a child conceived.

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    oh great, my father was 60 when I was born, no wonder I'm so messed up! and here I thought it was all my mothers fault

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    Oh, I thought this was about Drew Peterson.

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    My dad was in his 50's and I turned out alright.

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    Quote Originally Posted by invictus View Post
    My dad was in his 50's and I turned out alright.
    I believe most do it simply appears there is a higher risk is all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Floh View Post
    A mass study found that deaths of children fathered by over-45s occurred at almost twice the rate of those fathered by men aged between 25 and 30.
    Scientists believe that children of older fathers are more likely to suffer particular congenital defects as well as autism, schizophrenia and epilepsy. The study was the first of its kind of such magnitude in the West, and researchers believe the findings are linked to the declining quality of sperm as men age.
    A total of 100,000 children born between 1980 and 1996 were examined, of whom 830 have so far died before they reached 18, the majority when they were less than a year old.

    More: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/ukne...r-fathers.html

    So not only women who need to consider dangers of becoming an older parent to a child conceived.
    I am so glad they did that study! I have often wondered how it was so important that a woman's age mattered, yet it seemed that a man's age and health wasn't considered. Now we know that BOTH the sperm AND the egg have a .....*shelf life*..so to speak.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deanws View Post
    I am so glad they did that study! I have often wondered how it was so important that a woman's age mattered, yet it seemed that a man's age and health wasn't considered. Now we know that BOTH the sperm AND the egg have a .....*shelf life*..so to speak.
    *shelf life* excellent way of putting it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Floh View Post
    *shelf life* excellent way of putting it!
    Hi ya Floh!

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    I was 43 when I fathered my son and he was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder one year ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbuck View Post
    I was 43 when I fathered my son and he was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder one year ago.
    I'm so sorry, bigbuck.

    they weren't, in this study, speaking of anyone under 45. or do you think your age could possibly have been a contributing factor? too personal a question, so shoot me down.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Floh View Post
    I'm so sorry, bigbuck.

    they weren't, in this study, speaking of anyone under 45. or do you think your age could possibly have been a contributing factor? too personal a question, so shoot me down.
    Thank you Floh and, no shooting needed. Yes, I think my age may have had something to do with it. There are other studies linking fathers over 40 with autistic children.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deanws View Post
    I am so glad they did that study! I have often wondered how it was so important that a woman's age mattered, yet it seemed that a man's age and health wasn't considered. Now we know that BOTH the sperm AND the egg have a .....*shelf life*..so to speak.
    because up until now, they probably just assumed it was the womans fault... as usual... LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbuck View Post
    Thank you Floh and, no shooting needed. Yes, I think my age may have had something to do with it. There are other studies linking fathers over 40 with autistic children.
    Do you have any links to any sites which may have such studies?

    i had never heard of this possibility before, but i know little about autism.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taximom View Post
    Oh, I thought this was about Drew Peterson.
    ROFL..good one!
    "Curiosity killed the cat, but for a while I was a suspect" Steven Wright

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    Quote Originally Posted by Floh View Post
    Do you have any links to any sites which may have such studies?

    i had never heard of this possibility before, but i know little about autism.
    Here's a couple of links on the studies Floh.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/5313874.stm

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14672767/

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