Age And Fatherhood: Men Who Become Dads Before Age 25 More Likely To Die In Mid-life, University of Helsinki Study

How does fatherhood impact the lives of men? A new study from the University of Helsinki suggests timing is everything. Men who have a first-born child before the age of 25 have a higher risk of dying in mid-life than men who become dads at a later age, the data indicated.

To investigate the impact of early fatherhood, the researchers used Finnish Census records and linked information on mortality and fertility. The researchers studied men born between 1940 and 1950 in order to reconstruct the timing of fatherhood. Of the 30,565 fathers, 15 percent fathered a first child by age 22 and 29 percent between age 22 and 24. Nearly 18 percent had a firstborn between ages 25 and 26, while 19 percent had their first between ages 27 and 29. Finally, 19 percent had their first between the ages of 30 and 44. Men who had a firstborn after age 45 were excluded from the analysis.

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