• Study: Diet And Lifestyle Choices Of Both Parents Have Multigenerational Health Effects

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    Researchers at Yale University have found that children of obese mothers who eat a high-fat diet may be more likely to have metabolic disorders and be at a higher risk of becoming obese and developing diabetes. The study titled “Neonatal Insulin Action Impairs Hypothalamic Neurocircuit Formation in Response to Maternal High Fat Feeding” was published in the January 2014 journal Cell.

    Various studies continue to find that the dietary choices both parents make before, during, and after pregnancy may directly impact a child’s predisposition to become obese and/or develop diabetes.

    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 yourgrandchildren? Would knowing this cause you to make different choices? As far-fetched as this sounds, several recent studies suggest this may be the case.

    It will probably not come as much of a surprise that the health and lifestyle choices of pregnant women have been shown to affect the health of their unborn children. However, a groundbreaking new study suggests that the father's lifestyle choices and health might be just as critical as those of the mother.

    Research from the University of Adelaide is turning what we thought we knew about the transmission of genetic traits on its head. The Australian study, published in the FASEB Journal, found that sperm from obese fathers can raise the obesity risk for their children AND grandchildren.

    Molecular signals in these …

    What counts as a family meal? Whenever you and your family eat together — whether it's takeout food or a home-cooked meal with all the trimmings. Strive for nutritious food and a time when everyone can be there. This may mean eating dinner a little later to accommodate a teen who's at sports practice. It also can mean setting aside time on the weekends when it may be more convenient to gather as a group, such as for Sunday brunch.

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