Being a father in old age increases the child’s risk of schizophrenia

The doubt about the ideal age to have children has always been part of research and studies to find out what the risks that a late pregnancy can bring to the baby.

As an answer to these questions, other studies previously presented have already shown that the mother’s age does imply the quality of pregnancy and the child’s health.

In their case, this is due to the aging of the eggs, which are already present in the female organism since birth, and which along with the woman also age.

But what about men? Can being a father at an advanced age also compromise the baby’s health?

new study found that, for them, late parenting increases a child’s risk of having early-onset schizophrenia .

This means that the chances of a child having schizophrenia before the age of 18 are greater, and that this is already considered a more serious stage of the condition, according to the researchers.

The study

The researchers analyzed the polygenic risks (action of genes linked to the disease) of more than 1,600 people diagnosed with schizophrenia to see how much the maternal and paternal genetics contributed to the disorder.

As a result, scientists noted that men who had children already in later life were more likely to have children with schizophrenia.

This is because, in the study, these participants had more genes linked to the disease.

How can this happen?

According to the study, when we reach a more advanced age, we have a greater number of mutations in the genes. This may be the main contributing factor to schizophrenia in the next generation.

But it is still necessary to know and understand better what are these neural mechanisms that undergo mutations, and also to know how they can interfere in reproductive quality with increasing age.

Schizophrenia is a condition that makes a person lose track of reality and fail to differentiate the real from the imaginary.

However, the disorder can be controlled through the forms of treatment indicated to the patient.