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Studies Show Diet and Lifestyle Choices of Both Parents Have Multigenerational Health Effects

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  • Several new studies find the health and lifestyle choices of both mother and father have permanent impacts on future generations
  • One study showed sperm can carry the memory of a father’s environment and lifestyle patterns to an embryo; nutritional deficiencies of the father can significantly increase a baby’s risk of birth defects
  • Another new study shows that children and grandchildren of obese fathers can inherit obesity and metabolic problems, even when they eat healthfully
  • Children of overweight or obese mothers are more likely to have children predisposed to obesity; the heavier the mom is, the more significant the effect
  • The number of overweight and obese adults in the developing world has nearly quadrupled since 1980 and now hovers around one billion

By Dr. Mercola

What if your lifestyle choices affected not only your own health but also your children's health, for life? What if avoiding exercise actually affected the health of your grandchildren? Would knowing this cause you to make different choices? As far-fetched as this sounds, several recent studies suggest this may be the case.

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