Health Mothers on the move can lower diabetes risk to children caused by overweight dads

Mothers on the move can lower diabetes risk to children caused by overweight dads

A mother’s exercise can reduce the genetic risk of diabetes caused by a too-much-sugar daddy, new research claims.

A pre-clinical trial at Victoria University suggests pregnant mothers who exercise can offset the low insulin sensitivity that obese fathers pass on to their children.

Professor Glenn McConell says this is the first study that looks at what can break a cycle of metabolic dysfunction caused by unhealthy fathers

“We know that diet-induced obesity can affect sperm, but no study has looked at how a mum’s physical activity during the crucial gestation time can help fix a father’s bad input,” he said.

The study has been conducted only on rats so far, but the researchers believe the results are likely to apply to humans and say there is now a strong basis to conduct further human trials.

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