Kids Are What Their Dads Eat
|11:48:22 PM, Saturday, January 08, 2011|
“U. TEXAS-AUSTIN (US) — What a father includes in his diet passes down and is able to reprogram how genes function in his children.
A new study published in Cell shows that environmental cues, including diet, influence genes in mammals from one generation to the next, suggesting paternal environmental effects may play a more important role in complex diseases such as diabetes and heart disease than previously believed.
“Knowing what your parents were doing before you were conceived is turning out to be important in determining what disease risk factors you may be carrying,” says Oliver Rando, associate professor of biochemistry and molecular pharmacology at the University of Massaschusetts, and coauthor of the study with Hans Hofmann, associate professor of integrative biology at the University of Texas at Austin.
The study details how paternal diet can increase production of cholesterol synthesis genes in first-generation offspring…”