Fathers aged 45 plus more likely to produce children with schizophrenia
New York University School of Medicine has produced a new study
Eventually it would seem that the father's sperm is going to turn out to be just as important as the mother's egg.
The Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at New York University School of Medicine has produced a new study which reveals that men aged 45 - 49 are twice as likely to father children who suffer from schizophrenia than men either under 25 or over 50.
The data was sourced from two Israeli databases, from which researchers extrapolated that some 26.6% of schizophrenia cases diagnosed could be attributed to the father's age range.
Gary Hogman, head of the policy and campaigns at The National Schizophrenia Fellowship welcomed the research findings but warned people not to assume this was the key reason for the disorder, saying, 'No one should seek to blame older fathers for causing schizophrenia in their children.'
Professor Susan Harlap - one of the authors of the report - hints that these findings are just the tip of the iceberg, when it comes to correlating the role of the father in determining illnesses and conditions in their children. According to Professor Harlap, 'Eventually it would seem that the father's sperm is going to turn out to be just as important as the mother's egg. Women are often made to feel responsible for problems occurring during pregnancy, especially if anything goes wrong their children's health, but this new study shows that men also contribute'