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McGill study suggests that you are what your dad eats

Written by: QMI Agency
 

Dec. 13, 2013

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A father's diet before conception may play an equally important role as a mother's in the health of their children, a study conducted by McGill University suggests.

Led by Sarah Kimmins, the study claims the father's folate levels may be just as important to the development and health of their offspring as those of the mother.

The researchers worked with mice and compared the offspring of fathers with insufficient folate in their diets with the children of dads whose diets contained sufficient levels of the vitamin. They found that paternal folate deficiency was associated with a 30% increase in various birth defects, compared to the offspring whose fathers were fed a diet higher in folate.

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"We saw some pretty severe skeletal abnormalities that included both cranio-facial and spinal deformities," Dr. Romain Lambrot, one of the researchers, said in a statement.

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