For years, mothers to be received admonishment; do not smoke, or drink, and eat healthy to promote the birth of a healthy baby. Now research studies show that fathers may be associated with birth defects, psychological disorders, and unhealthy changes in metabolic activity.
Dr. Joanna Kitlinksa, a professor of biochemistry, and molecular and cell biology at Georgetown University Medical Center states, “We know the nutritional, hormonal, and psychological environment provided by the mother permanently alters organ structure, cellular response, and gene expression in her offspring.”
“But our study shows the same thing to be true in fathersꟷhis lifestyle, and how old he is, can be reflected in molecules that control gene function,” Dr. Kitlinska further explains. She goes on to say, “In this way, a father can affect not only his immediate offspring but future generations as well.”
Several studies have been reviewed to find that fathers may indeed be linked to:
- Elevated rates of schizophrenia, autism, and birth defects with advanced age;
- Obese fathers give rise to enlarged fat cells, changes in metabolism, diabetes, obesity, and brain cancer development;
- Decreased newborn birth weight, a reduction in brain size and impaired brain function due to excessive drinking of alcohol;
- A reduced risk of cardiovascular death in his children and grandchildren by partaking of a limited diet during childhood;
- Defective behavioral traits in his children due to psychosocial stress on the father.
Now we have some solid evidence to support and old expression, “What is good for the goose is good for the gander.” Enjoy a healthy lifestyle with proper nutrition, exercise, psychological well-being, and spirituality to promote healthy newborns for generations to come.