Listen up, fellas! Raise your hand if you already know that you have a biological clock. From age 35 and beyond, there is a natural decline in testosterone and sperm quality. Just as people lose muscle strength, flexibility and endurance with age, sperm also tend to lose their "fitness" over the life cycle. But what does that mean—and does it really matter?
- Many couples are choosing to have children later in life, but few people realize that the male biological clock can affect their offspring too.
- Research shows that the sperm of older fathers can have an impact on the health of not only their offspring, but their partners during pregnancy.
- That's the case of older men even with partners younger than 25.
- Men should consider banking sperm before age 35 if they don't plan on having children until later in life.
- Support and promote sperm health by embracing healthy habits and incorporating the specialized nutrition of a high-quality men's prenatal vitamin.
The reality is most of us are having children later in life for a variety of reasons. But what couples may not realize is that, just like women, men also have a biological clock that may also affect the health of both their partners and children. That's according to a study released by Rutgers researchers. The study also found that older men struggled with fertility issues even if their partner was under 25!
Damage to sperm from aging can lead to:
- a decrease in sperm number
- an increase in pregnancy risks, including miscarriage
- a decrease in pregnancy potential for the couple
- changes in sperm and egg that is passed into the DNA of your baby
The study found that men can experience decreased fertility and put their partners at risk for increased pregnancy complications such as gestational diabetes, preeclampsia and preterm birth. And that's not all. Infants born to older fathers were found to be at higher risk of premature birth, late still birth, low Apgar scores, low birth weight, higher incidence of newborn seizures and birth defects such as congenital heart disease and cleft palate. As they matured, these children were found to have an increased likelihood of childhood cancers, psychiatric and cognitive disorders, and autism.
These germline or heredity mutations also may contribute to the association of advancing paternal age and disorders in the offspring, such as these children being diagnosed with autism. "Also, some studies have shown that the risk of autism starts to increase when the father is 30, plateaus after 40 and then increases again at 50," said a researcher.
What can you do to keep your sperm healthy and fit?
- You should strive to lead a healthy lifestyle throughout your reproductive
years. It’s never too late to start!
- Consider banking sperm before your 35th birthday to decrease risks to health of mom and baby.
- Swap the multivitamin for a specialized men's prenatal that's optimized for your sperm health. Sperm health equals overall health. Beli Vitality for Men is perfect for you and your sperm!
Some data in this article has been republished from materials provided by Rutgers University. Note: material may have been edited for length and content. For further information, please contact the cited source.