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Young Dads at Increased Risk of Midlife Death

By    |   Tuesday, 04 Aug 2015 02:03 PM



Men who become fathers before they reach the age of 24 face a higher risk of dying midlife than men who wait just a couple of years before having their first child, says a study published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health.

Previous studies had shown that men who become fathers early in life have poorer health and higher mortality later in life than men who delay fatherhood. The new Finnish study used brothers as a control group, says LiveScience.

Researchers followed 30,500 men born between 1940 and 1950 who had become fathers at some point before they reached the age of 45. The men were tracked until they reached the age of 54.

The data showed that 15 percent of the men were dads by the age of 22, while 29 percent fathered a child between the ages of 22 and 24. An additional 18 percent became first-time dads at 25 or 26, and the rest, which totaled 38 percent, became fathers at the age of 27 or older.

Those men who were the oldest when they became fathers — between the ages of 30 and 44 —were 25 percent less likely to die during middle age than those who became dads at 25 or 27.

When the researchers examined 1,124 of the men's brothers, they found the connection held. The brothers who fathered their first child by the age of 22 were 73 percent more likely to die during middle age than brothers who became first-time dads at 25 or 26.

"The findings of our study suggest that the association between young fatherhood and midlife mortality is likely to be causal," and not simply a correlation, the researchers wrote in the study.

The need of young fathers to provide financial support for their children may delay a man's investment in job skills or career development that may push them into low-paying jobs, which could have a negative influence on their later health, say the researchers.

"Parenting at a young age can be challenging, and it is important that family members and health professionals recognize that it is not only the young mothers, but also the young fathers that may need support," lead author Elina Einiö of University of Helsinki told Live Science.


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