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Men who become fathers early are more likely to die in middle age, study suggests

Men who become fathers before the age of 25 have a higher risk of dying early in middle age, latest study results suggest.

Finnish researchers studied more than 30,500 men born between 1940 and 1950 who became fathers by the age of 45, and monitored them for ten years.

The researchers found that men who had fathered a child by age 22 had a 26% higher risk of death in mid-life than those who became fathers aged 25 or 26, and that men who had their first child between the ages of 22 and 24 had a 14% higher risk of dying in middle age.

Researchers say the association between young fatherhood and mid-life mortality is likely to be causal

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At the other end of the scale, those who became fathers between the ages of 30 and 44 had a 25% lower risk of death in middle age than those who fathered their first child aged 25 or 26.

The authors said: ‘The findings of our study suggest that the association between young fatherhood and mid-life mortality is likely to be causal.’ They added that taking on the role of father, partner and breadwinner could cause considerable psychological and economic stress for a young man, depriving him of his ability to invest in his own wellbeing.

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