Children Of Older Dads More Likely To Develop Bipolar Disorder

September 2, 2008

A new study published in the journal the Archives of Psychiatry has found a direct link between the risk of bipolar disorder in children, and the age of their fathers...Washington (ChattahBox) – A new study published in the journal the Archives of Psychiatry has found a direct link between the risk of bipolar disorder in children, and the age of their fathers.

Swedish researchers looked at a total of 13,428 patients for the study, all of whom have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

They used controls so that they could look at a link between the age of their fathers, and their risk of developing the disease.

This led them to finding a link between the risk of bipolar disorder, and the age of the dad.

Children of dads who were 55-years old and up faced a 1.37 times increased risk of developing the disorder, compared to kids of fathers who were around 20 to 24-years old.

The risk of bipolar disorder was found to increase as the dads got older, ranging from 29 to 55.

The same link is believed to have been found for autism, and schizophrenia.


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