It may come as a surprise to father’s continually woken by their offspring in the early hours of the morning, but having children could mean they have healthier hearts. A decade-long study of 135,000 men found that those who remained child-free had a higher risk of dying from heart disease than those who ‘sowed their oats.’
U.S researchers said it raised the possibility that infertility may be a potential early warning sign of future heart trouble.
‘There is emerging evidence to suggest that infertility may be a window into a man’s later health,’ said study leader Dr Michael Eisenberg of Stanford University in California. He said men who are infertile have a higher risk of certain cancers, and his team wanted to look for other signs that infertility might be playing a role later in a man’s life.
The researchers, reporting in the journal Human Reproduction, followed more than 130,000 men who were retired and over 50 for a decade. They restricted the list to men who were either married or had been married because they wanted to compare males who had the intent and the opportunity to have children.
Read more: www.dailymail.co.uk