Fathers with Poor Diets Can Give Diabetes to Their Daughters

Fathers who eat a poor diet may give their daughters diabetes, according to a study using rats.

Previous studies have found that a pregnant woman's state of health can affect her fetus, but the new research suggests the father's health and lifestyle may also be important. The study looked at genetically similar male rats, half of whom were fed a high-fat diet until they became obese and diabetic.

According to Reuters:

“They were all paired with healthy, non-diabetic female rats of normal weight and female offspring of the obese and diabetic rats began showing signs of diabetes by week 13.”

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