December 24, 2010
Diet and Genetics: We Are What Our Dad Ate
Richard Alleyne, Telegraph
Researchers have discovered that a father's lifestyle can be passed down to his children because it "reprogrammes" his genes.
The study shows the hereditary effects of a process called "epigenetics" which is how our environment and lifestyle can permanently alter our genes as we grow up.
These altered genes can then be passed on to children.
Scientists specifically looked at the effects of paternal diet – finding whether it alters the risk of children developing complex diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.