If you’re an older dad, your child could be at risk for autism or other psychiatric disorders.
Researchers say children born to fathers over the age of 45 are three and a half times more likely to have autism, 24 times more likely to have bipolar disorder and 13 times more likely to have ADHD.
They’re also at greater risk of not performing well in school. Experts say there’s mounting evidence now that older parents may be at least partly to blame for the increasing numbers of children with autism.
Researchers think that even though men produce new sperm every two days, there may be some kind of genetic error that creeps in to sperm production as men get older that builds up over time.
Autism is believed to be caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors and this may be one of them.
Previous studies have shown that fathers aged 50 and older are more than twice as likely to have a child diagnosed with autism and older mothers may also contribute to the risk.