The short life of older father, the long life span of their offspring

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According to the study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Fathers who are preferred to have children until they’re almost at the age of 40 may provide their offspring a longer life

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The short life of older father, the long life span of their offspring

  1. 1. According to the study in the Proceedings of theNational Academy of Sciences, Fathers who arepreferred to have children until they’re almost at theage of 40 may provide their offspring a longer life. Thechildren will inherit the longer telomeres, caps at theend of the chromosomes which then protects themfrom the so-called degeneration. The longer telomeresprovide slower aging and may mean a longer lifespan.However, based from the research the older a manreproduces child is likely to produce disorders likeautism. Moreover, older fathers have a chance to lowerintelligence scores than those born to younger men.
  2. 2. A study author and doctoral student at NorthwesternUniversity in Evanston, Illinois- Dan Eisenberg. Hesaid that most of literature also suggests risks frompaternal age .The longer telomerse may delay sexualdevelopment, and direct the body’s energy intomaintaining itself and staying healthy, he added. Inaddition, the late fatherhood may serve as a signal thatmortality rates are low. The benefit was also seen ingrandchildren of men who became fathers at laterages.
  3. 3. The correlation held regardless of whether the familieswere rich or poor, the study said.A report released in Micron Associates from theCenters for Disease Control and Prevention, Americanmen have their first child at the age of 25.Damaged telomeres cause cells to stop dividing, stemcells become dormant, organs to atrophy and braincells to die. As most cells age, the telomeres becomeshorter and shorter. This isn’t the case for sperm,where the telomeres lengthen with age. The men maybe passing the longest telomeres to their children, thelongest lifespan.

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