Results of a new study find that older fathers are at a greater risk of having children that are eventually diagnosed with bipolar disorder
A new study finds that the older the father, the greater the risk of them having children that one day are diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
According to researchers this is the case partially due to as the man ages, the quality of his sperm becomes less.
The researchers state that the risk begins to increase once a father to be is past the age of 29, and is at its highest point when a father to be is 54 years old.
In the past, the age of a father to be has been linked to other forms of mental illness, but never to bipolar disorder.
“Despite the robust evidence supporting the association between paternal age and severe mental disorders, the association between advanced paternal age and bipolar disorder has not been investigated,” the team wrote.
The study is published in the Archives of Psychiatry.