Bipolar Disorder may be linked to paternal age, a Swedish study has concluded.
In the study, children with older fathers were more likely to have Bipolar Disorder, specifically the early onset type, than those with younger fathers.
Children with older mothers also had an increased risk, but this was minimal when compared to the paternal age.
According to a HealthDay article, researchers concluded that as men age successive germ cell replications occur and newly formed mutations in the DNA begin to accumulate.
These DNA mutations or copy errors are not seen in women, because women are born with their full supply of eggs.
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Published On: September 05, 2008
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