The Impact of A Father's Exercise Routine on His Children

It has been found that a woman's diet and exercise routine before and during pregnancy can have an extremely positive impact on the health of the baby. Getting fresh air; eating a healthy and organic diet, and doing regular exercise is critical for the development of the baby during pregnancy.

But What Impact Does a Healthy Father Have?

A new study from scientists at Ohio State University Wexner Medical Centre proves that the exercise habits of the father before conception have a significant impact on the baby's lifelong health.

Kristin Stanford, assistant professor of physiology and cell biology at the Dorothy M. Davis Heart and Lung Research Institute, Ohio State, led the study, and after the results came out, she said, "When fathers frequently exercise, even for just one month before conception, it can be beneficial for their child's metabolic health and during their adulthood too. Further benefits include lower body weight, increased insulin sensitivity, decreased fat mass and a reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes."

In the study, researchers worked on male mice with both normal and high-fat diets, and they found that the mice who were able to exercise freely had much healthier babies metabolically than the ones with a high-fat diet.

It Affects RNA

Ribonucleic acid (RNA) is a polymeric molecule essential in various biological roles in coding, decoding, regulation and expression of genes.
Regarding the study, Kristin Stanford said, "We did a full RNA sequencing and saw several classes of small RNA were changed in response to exercise. So it cancelled out the consequences of the father's poor diet." In the next few years, they will be able to examine how and why these genetic changes can happen and how to use this information to help prevent diabetes and obesity.
At the moment, specialists say that it is so important for fathers to keep active and work out regularly; it's the easiest way to protect their babies from these kinds of diseases.

By cycling, running or walking for only half an hour a day we can keep our future children healthy. If we already have children, we can start cycling, swimming, and running together to make them get into the habit of doing sports and exercise.

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source: https://wexnermedical.osu.edu/blog/exercising-before-fatherhood