Age of Father during ‘Conception’ Can Determine Child Height and Cholesterol
A recent study found that just like how pregnancy can be affected by maternal age, paternal age at conception may also affect children’s health. Age of the father at conception can affect the height and cholesterol levels of children.
The study also revealed that children born to fathers with older age tend to have a higher body, but they are actually prone to having high cholesterol levels, this is as quoted by Medical Daily, Friday (26/07/2013).
“Our study suggests that increased paternal age at conception is associated with a higher stature. But unfortunately unfavorable cholesterol profiles for their children,” wrote the researchers.
The study includes 277 children aged 3-12 years with a father around 19-52 years of age when they were born. As a result, children who were born when their father at 31 years old tend to be 2 cm taller than those born when their father is aged 30 years and under.
However, children who were born when their fathers older than 35 years also had less abdominal fat which is about 12.2 percent, compared with those who were born when their fathers aged under 30 years, or about 15 percent.
Although researchers wrote that ‘lean children of fathers aged elder have a lower risk of obesity’, but these children have higher cholesterol levels when compared with children born to younger fathers.
Total cholesterol ratio, which is 12 percent higher among children whose fathers aged 31-35 and 16 percent higher among children whose fathers older than 35 years. As known, a higher ratio also increases the risk of heart disease.
While the ratio of good cholesterol is 11 percent higher in those who were born from fathers aged 31-35 years and 21 per cent higher in children with fathers aged 30 years and under.
Researchers have not found what really is the factor that makes father’s age affects the outcome. But the researchers argue that this could be due to specific genes and metabolism in the father’s sperm that change as they age.
Furthermore, the researchers also concluded that in line with the growth and development of children, cholesterol levels can be decreased or increased according to how their lifestyle is in the future.