Young fathers face higher midlife mortality – According to a new research, early fatherhood could increase health risks later in life.
According to a study by Finnish researchers, men who become fathers in their early 20s may have an increased risk of dying during middle age, a period between early adulthood and old age i.e. 45 to 65.
They found out that males who had their first child by age 22 were 26 % more likely to die in middle age as compared to men who fathered their first newborn at age of 25 or older. The midlife mortality risk was slightly lower for individuals who became fathers between 22 and 24, the risk calculated by the researchers was 14 % higher than older first time dads.
“The findings of our study provide evidence of a need to support young fathers struggling with demands of family life in order to promote good health behaviors and future health,” said Elina Einio, researcher at the University of Helsinki.
The researchers gathered data of 30,500 men in Finland, who became fathers before they reached age 45. They discovered that about 15 % had first born by age 22 whereas nearly 30 % became dads between ages 22-24 and 18 % became fathers at ages 25 or 26. In addition, the rest of the men entered into fatherhood at age 27 or older.
Although the study did not explore about the possible causes of the higher risk of death in young fathers. But unplanned pregnancy, early marriage and the psychological stress of fatherhood are the possible causes. The findings suggest that young fathers have poorer health than men who become father at age 25 or older.
Parenting at a young age can be challenging and can have lasting effects on individual’s health. It is believed that early fatherhood may interrupt future career plans and force young dads into low-paying jobs, which could have harmful effects on their health. IMAGE/foxnews