Prakash Raj becomes a father again at 50
Actor Prakash Raj becomes a father and starts a debate on how children with older fathers can have lower IQs. Read on to know more.
Actor-producer Prakash Raj is a happy man today. Earlier during the day the 50-year-old polyglot took to Twitter to announce the arrival of his baby boy with choreographer wife Pony Verma.
The actor said that it was a moment of great joy for him and his wife and he sought blessings from his fans and followers. He tweeted, “Hi .. Me and pony are happy share with you this moment of joy in our life.. We had a lovely baby boy.. Today .. Bless him. Cheers.”
Hi .. Me and pony are happy share with you this moment of joy in our life.. We had a lovely baby boy.. Today .. Bless him. Cheers
— Prakash Raj (@prakashraaj) February 3, 2016
The actor also has two daughters- Meghana and Pooja from his previous marriage with Lalitha Kumari, whom he divorced in 2009. Soon after he made the announcement, the actor's twitter handle was inundated by congratulatory messages from fans and colleagues.
Among the many, the two most prompt congratulatory messages came from Actress Taapsee Pannu and actor Siddharth.
Actor Taapsee Pannu wrote, "Congratulations! N the phones are so busy now! In Hyderabad. Want to see the rockstar asap."
@prakashraaj congratulations!!!!!!! N the phones are so busy now! In Hyderabad. Want to see the rockstar asap.
— taapsee pannu (@taapsee) February 3, 2016
Actor Siddharth also congratulated the couple through a short and sweet message. "Congratulations, lovlies," he wrote.
@prakashraaj congrats lovelies!
— Siddharth (@Actor_Siddharth) February 3, 2016
While it is great news for the actor, the announcement highlights an interesting aspect of conception- fathering a child over the age of 45.
Late parenthood for fathers
While studies are constantly debating the 'right' age at which women should mother children, few researches suggest that children with older fathers are more susceptible to have lower IQs, as opposed to children born from mother's late pregnancies who are likely to have a higher IQ.
A large-scale research conducted by the Indiana University and the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm studied the medical and educational records of more than 2.6 million babies born to 1.4 million men. In their study they found:
- The children of fathers aged 45 and over were 3.5 times as likely to have autism. They also had more than twice the risk of psychotic disorders, drug abuse and suicidal behaviour, in addition to a 13-fold greater risk of ADHD.
- Fewer than 1 percent of children born to fathers younger than 45 had bipolar disorder. Unfortunately, this figure rose to about 14 percent in their siblings when fathers were 45 or older.
On the academic front also, the study found that children with older fathers had a 60 percent greater risk of poor academic performance at the age of 15.
In many countries the age of the father is increasing, and if these findings are declared accurate, it could drive more psychological and poor academic performance issues with young children.
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