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Dads Need To Exercise If They Want To Pass Health Benefits To Their Kids

by | June 14, 2019

A new study by The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center revealed that a father’s fitness level has a lot to do with the health of the baby. Exercising isn’t healthy just for dads themselves but they could pass on the health benefits to their kids as well. But how? Keep reading to find out more about this.  

Dads Need To Exercise If They Want To Pass Health Benefits To Their Kids
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Dads Need To Exercise If They Want To Pass Health Benefits To Their Kids

A new study commissioned by researchers at The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center has suggested that even moderate healthy practices followed by a would-be father can cast some priceless benefits to his unborn child. “Even a month or so of moderate exercise before conception can have major benefits to his children’s metabolic health,” says the Assistant Professor of Physiology and Cell Biology at the Medical Center- Kristin Stanford, Ph.D.

Most of the studies are often linked to a mother’s contribution in passing health benefits to the unborn child but this study shows that fathers do have their fair share of contributions to his child’s health in the future. Researchers at the study have found links between fathers’ “a month or so of moderate exercise before conception” to that with “lower body weight, increased insulin sensitivity and decreased fat mass” of the upcoming child.

The study found that as a result of exercise, there were changes in the classes of RNA, thereby forbidding the “consequences of the father’s poor diet.”  Although the study will be taken further to ponder on other ‘why’ and ‘how,’ nonetheless researchers have suggested that would-be fathers can take a step as simple as, exercising or staying active to pass health benefits to their unborn kid.

What do you think about this study? Let me know your thoughts in comments.

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