Scientists reveal dangers of older fathers

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  1. Floh

    Floh Former Member

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    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/uknews/2059130/Scientists-reveal-dangers-of--older-fathers.html

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

    Vegas Bride New Member

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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 :waitasec:

    VB
     
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    Taximom Former Member

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    Oh, I thought this was about Drew Peterson.
     
  5. invictus

    invictus New Member

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

    Floh Former Member

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    I believe most do — it simply appears there is a higher risk is all.
     
  7. deanws

    deanws Former Member

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    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. ;)
     
  8. Floh

    Floh Former Member

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    *shelf life* — excellent way of putting it! :)
     
  9. deanws

    deanws Former Member

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    Hi ya Floh! :blowkiss:
     
  10. bigbuck

    bigbuck Former Member

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

    Floh Former Member

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    I'm so sorry, bigbuck. :blowkiss:

    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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    bigbuck Former Member

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    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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    pedinurse Former Member

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    because up until now, they probably just assumed it was the womans fault... as usual... LOL
     
  14. Floh

    Floh Former Member

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    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.
     
  15. curiositycat

    curiositycat The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule

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    :clap::clap::clap: ROFL..good one!
     
  16. bigbuck

    bigbuck Former Member

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    ziggy New Member

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    Uh Oh, Holly better think again before she has babies with Hef :sick:
     
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    mic730 Former Member

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    Sperm ages not like a fine wine - lol that is funny to me.
     
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    I doubt that will ever happen and I doubt they will ever get married either.:bang:
     
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    eve New Member

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    That's what you think, invictus.

    Just kidding:D

    Eve
     

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