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5 Ways Men Shape Their Children’s Health

Women are often told that what they eat, how much they drink and the choices they make can have a big impact on their children’s health and development, even long before they get pregnant. But increasingly, animal and human research is suggesting that a man’s lifestyle (and not just his age) can play a big role in the health of future offspring as well.

Epigenetics—the science of how genes are modified by environment and lifestyle, and how those modifications can be passed to new generations—seem to be responsible for many of these effects, says Joanna Kitlinska, assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular and cellular biology at Georgetown University.

“We are learning that it’s very important for both parents to take good care of themselves before conception,” Kitlinska says. For men specifically, here are a few factors to keep in mind.

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