Men are not off the hook when it comes to the health of their future children.
New research reveals a father’s age and lifestyle can affect his own offspring along with future generations.
Older age is linked with higher rates of mental illness, autism and birth defects in children while paternal obesity increases the risk of diabetes and brain cancer.
A father’s alcohol use also has a large impact on his children.
A newborn can be diagnosed with fetal alcohol syndrome even when the mother has never had a drink.
Paternal alcohol use can lead to decreased birthweight, smaller brain size and impaired cognitive function.