Dads at Less Risk to Die of Heart Diseases

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A ten-year long study involving 135,000 has found out that those men who did not have any children have a higher risk of dying due to a heart disease, than those who had children. This study conducted by US researchers has intensified the questions pertaining to the link between fertility and overall health.

As reported in the journal Human Reproduction, while the study did not directly confirm that not having children have caused heart diseases, it is worthy to take note that infertility may potentially warn men for an increased risk of heart troubles.

According to the World Health Organization, Cardiovascular disease is caused by disorders of the heart and blood vessels, and includes coronary heart disease (heart attacks), cerebrovascular disease (stroke), raised blood pressure (hypertension), peripheral artery disease, rheumatic heart disease, congenital heart disease and heart failure.

According to Dr. Michael Eisenberg of the Stanford University in California, “There is emerging evidence to suggest that infertility may be a window into a man’s later health.” He also added that men who are infertile have a generally higher risk to have certain forms of cancers. The team also wanted to investigate on other signs that may point out to the long term effects of infertility to a man’s life.

The study group made use of a large study involving men who were members of the AARP (American Association of Retired Persons). “In general, most married men will have the opportunity to reproduce. Whether they and their partner chose not to have children or whether there were some biological problems, we can’t determine,” said Eisenberg.

Eisenberg, with the help of his colleagues, included about 135,000 men who were married or formerly married. These men were at least 50 years old at the onset of the study in 1996. 92% of them had fathered at least one kid while 50% of them had three or more children.

Using Social Security databases and questionnaires which were sent to family members, the researchers tracked the death rates of these men from 70 or so causes. In the interim of ten years, some 10% of the respondents died, and one of every five men died due to heart disease.

In reference to the men’s parental status, it was found out that those who were childless had 17% risk of having heart diseases, compared to those who fathered at least a child. Eisenberg said that one of the delimitations of their study is that it wasn’t identified whether not having children was due to infertility or was merely a choice of the couples, furthermore if the infertility was that of their partners’ problem.

Eisenberg and his team reiterated that the study does not conclude that not being a father caused heart problems. However, he said that since infertility takes toll on a man’s health at a younger age, this link can be a great bridge to understanding the risks of heart diseases at an earlier time, in turn providing for earlier treatment and prevention methods to be employed.

 

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