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Too Old To Be A Dad?

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  • 7 years ago
http://MamaNatural.com While it's true that men can father children into their 70's or even 80's, there hasn't been much research about the health of these children, until recently.

Turns out, just when women enter the high risk category at 35 years of age, same with men. At this age, they start to develop issues with their sperm that can affect the offspring's health.

For example, in men over 40, there's almost a six-fold increase in autism disorders in their children compared with men under 25.

For men in their 50s, there's a three-fold increase in schizophrenia when compared with men under 20. And there's a direct increase associated with age. The older the man, the higher the risk of schizophrenia in his offspring.

In terms of Down Syndrome, if the mother is under 35 years old, the sperm doesn't have as much of an impact but if the women is over 35 and the man is over 35 this changes the equation and increases the odds.

Women are born with all of their eggs at birth. Men, on the other hand, are constantly renewing their sperm. On one hand, we think this is good because the sperm is fresh, but it also is more representative of the male's age and as he gets older, you see more defects and mutations and odd shaped sperm. In other words, the older you are, the more sperm cells have divided and the more chance for disorders to occur.

I had Griffin when I was 35 and Mike was almost 38. We are working on number 2 and I'm now 37 and Mike is 40. While I loved having kids later because I was able to do so much and travel and work and explore, I also think it's harder physically. In my 20's, I could pull all nighters, no problem. In my thirties, not so much.

The demands of a newborn all the way to chasing around a toddler are tougher when you've got some years under your belt. I'm gonna tell my kids, have your children in your late twenties. That way you've had some life, you have some wisdom, but you also have your youth.

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