Children fathered by men at age 40 and older have a higher risk of developing autism, possibly because of mutations or other genetic changes, according to new research.
The study “provides the first convincing evidence that advanced paternal age is a risk factor for autism spectrum disorder,” said the authors from Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, and the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London.
My son has high-functioning autism, and my daughter has Semantic-Pragmatic Disorder, also on the Autistic Spectrum. My husband was 44 the year my son was born.
That wasn’t one of the things that worried me about our age difference at the time.