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Breast Cancer Risks Acquired in Pregnancy May Pass to Next 3 Generations

Pregnancy Checkup

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  • What a woman eats and is exposed to during pregnancy impacts not only the future health of her child, but also that of her grandchildren and even great-grandchildren.
  • In a study on rats, those exposed to chemicals or foods that raise estrogen levels during pregnancy produce daughters that have a higher than normal risk for breast cancer – and that risk is passed on to the next two generations; it was not genetic mutations that were passed on, but rather epigenetic alterations (factors beyond the control of the primary DNA sequence within the genes) that influence the expression of your genes.
  • For the most part you do not manifest disease merely by a defective gene, but by the regulation or expression of your genes by epigenetic influences; even if you inherited a certain increased disease risk from your mother or grandmother, you can therefore change it using dietary and other natural strategies.

By Dr. Mercola

What a woman eats and is exposed to during pregnancy can impact not only the future health of her child, but also that of her grandchildren and even great-grandchildren.


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