It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker.
Please white-list or disable AboveTopSecret.com in your ad-blocking tool.
Some features of ATS will be disabled while you continue to use an ad-blocker.
How old a father is and how much alcohol he drinks can influence children's well-being and development – much like their mothers' health status does. Scientists have shown fathers may also be partly to blame for birth defects and health problems faced by their babies.
In particular, the scientists discovered that an advanced age was correlated with elevated rates of schizophrenia, autism and birth defects in children, while obesity appeared to induce further obesity in children, as well as dysfunctional metabolic regulation, diabetes, and even the development of brain cancer. There was no mention however of any effect that both parents who were alcoholic had on their off springs. My own experience showed that all six siblings in our family drank alcohol, and maybe that stemmed from our parents habits.www.ibtimes.co.uk...
The fact that the health of both parents can have an impact on their offspring's health may seem logical, yet it is only recently that science has started to look for evidence of the father's role. This latest research, published in the American Journal of Stem Cells, is actually a literature review of studies dealing with this issue.
There are strong indicators that paternal age can lead to differential methylation in offspring, potentially leading to heart malformation or other congeni - tal defects.
The alcohol consumption of the father during his lifetime can lead to FASD in his offspring, as well as cause deficiencies in organ weights in his chil - dren.