Study shows U.S. dads trending older

November 10, 2017 | By | Reply More

From Cleveland Clinic News

Move over George Clooney – you’ve got company.

Recent research shows American men across all regions and races are fathering children at an older age.

According to Cleveland Clinic’s Edmund Sabanegh, M.D., who did not take part in the study, a man’’s fertility generally has a longer shelf-life than that of a woman, but it’s important to know that the risk of abnormalities in children tends to rise with a father’s age.

“There is an increased risk of genetic problems in offspring for older men,” said Dr. Sabanegh. “That risk is not as severe as we see with a woman’s age, but we do see it.”

Dr. Sabanegh said men tend to be fertile longer than women, but just how long often depends on overall health.

Research suggests a potential increase in autism, psychiatric problems, and neurological disease in children born to older fathers.

Dr. Sabanegh said the risk for these abnormalities seems to begin when a child is fathered by a man in his late fifties, and increases with age.

He recommends older men who hope to father a healthy child maintain a normal body weight and exercise regularly.

In addition, a diet with plenty of antioxidant-rich foods is also important to keep a future father’s DNA healthy by warding off oxidative stress.

“It’s similar to what you see on a nail rusting,” said Dr. Sabanegh. “That same oxidation can occur in our genetics so taking antioxidant vitamins, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, all of those things are going to help us.”

Dr. Sabanegh said men over age 50 may also face other health issues, like prostate cancer, as they get older.

He encourages men who may be concerned about their ability to father a child to visit a specialist who can help determine their fertility health.

Complete result of the study can be found in the journal Human Reproduction




Category: Birth Defects, Men's Health, Newborn and Infant

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