Whattaya want, a medal?

I think it’s bizarre that old guys are so very proud of themselves for reproducing, especially when the outcome is so iffy:

Older fathers made headlines several years ago when researchers at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine reported that a man over 40 is almost six times as likely as a man under 30 to father an autistic child. Since then, research has shown that a man’s chances of fathering offspring with schizophrenia double when he hits 40 and triple at age 50. The incidence of bipolarity, epilepsy, prostate cancer and breast cancer also increases in children born to men approaching 40.

Both dwarfism and Marfan syndrome (a disorder of the connective tissue) have been linked to older fathers, and according to research published in 1996 in the journal Nature Genetics, Apert syndrome (a disorder characterized by malformations of the skull, face, hands and feet) is a mutation caused exclusively by advanced paternal age.

A 2009 study at the University of Queensland, Australia, found a correlation between advanced paternal age and poorer performance by children on intelligence tests (the children of older mothers actually performed better). And when researchers at King’s College, London, bred mice from fathers of differing ages, the offspring of older fathers exhibited significant deficits in social and exploratory behavior.

4 thoughts on “Whattaya want, a medal?

  1. From experience I can tel you that the only way a man over 50 can get anywhere near a woman of child bearing age is if he is rich or if he is a child abuser.

    Otherwise the creepy “EEEWWWWW, he’s old!” factor is in effect.

  2. Pragmatic, you are silly. Plenty of girls out there with daddy issues.
    And Susie, how old was your dad when you were conceived?

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