A recent Finnish study of 30,000 men suggests that young fathers may have a reduced life expectancy. Men who become fathers before they are 25 have a greater risk of dying in middle age than those who delay having children, a new study claims. Researchers suggest that the stress of fatherhood can lead to health problems later in life for those who have their first child in their early twenties. Men who were fathers by the age of 22 were found to have a 26 per cent higher risk of death in mid-life than those who had fathered their first child when they were 25. Similarly, first time fathers between the ages of 22 and 24 had a 14 per cent higher risk of death.
Brendon Smith from the Father and Child Trust said in an interview withMike Hosking on NewstalkZB . “Sometimes there’s a bit of depression, or the family has mental health issues, sometimes it will be the fact that dad is estranged and he’s struggling on his own to try and make a life as well as be a dad part time.”but “We’ve got so many great stories of good guys who have maintained their role as a dad, or sometimes they’ve had to take over the kids and they’ve become a solo dad.”
The reasearch: The complete article can be read at the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health