Dad’s Role in Baby’s Health Larger Than Thought?

May 17, 2016 -- It’s not just about Mom.

New research shows that a man’s age and lifestyle may have a significant effect on his children’s health -- well before they are born.

It’s long been known that mothers may affect their child’s health through things like smoking or drinking alcohol, especially duringpregnancy. But a growing body of research suggests that a man’s diet, drinking, smoking, and age may contribute to birth defectsautism,obesity, mental illnesses, and other problems in their kids.

Joanna Kitlinska, PhD, an assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular & cellular biology at Georgetown University, looked at dozens of studies on dads' and children’s health. The research suggests “that paternal age, lifestyle, and certain exposures can have an impact on children,” she says.

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