Older Dads Linked to Rise in Genetic Disorder

A genetic study has added to evidence that the increase in some mental and other disorders may be due to men having children later in life.

One prominent researcher suggested young men should consider freezing their sperm if they wanted to have a family in later life.

The results show it is the age of men, rather than women that is likely to have an effect on the health of the child.

Society has been very focused on the age of the mother. But apart from [Down's syndrome] it seems that disorders such as schizophrenia and autism are influenced by the age of the father and not the mother.

However a spokesman for the National Autistic Society said: “While there is evidence to suggest that genetic factors may play a role in some forms of autism, there are many ‘younger’ fathers who have children with the condition.

© 2012 SAT Telecommunications Ltd.

Scroll to top