For the first time ever, a link has been shown between a father’s weight at the time of conception and an increased risk of diabetes in the offspring.
The study, carried out by scientists in the schools of Medical Sciences and Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences at the University of New South Wales, the Garvan Institute and the University of Adelaide, was reported in the journal Nature.
It is the first study to demonstrate that a father’s high-fat diet begins a progression to metabolic disease in the subsequent generation.
“We’ve known for a while that overweight mums are more likely to have chubby babies, and that a woman’s weight before and during pregnancy can play a role in future disease in her children, partly due to the critical role the intrauterine environment plays in development,” said the study’s lead author Professor Margaret Morris of the UNSW School of Medical Sciences, in an October 21 press release.
“[But] this is the first report of non-genetic, intergenerational transmission of metabolic consequences of a high fat diet from father to offspring,” Professor Morris said.
The study follows on the heels of a Johns Hopkins University-led study that found a greater risk for infant obesity and pre-diabetes when their mothers consumed a high fat diet while nursing.
Vegetarian or vegan diets are perfect low-fat diets. Meat-based diets aren’t.
When it comes to diabetes, “eating a high-fat American diet can worsen the problem,” says Dr. Michael Dansiger on WebMD.
Dansiger also says that “a low-fat vegan diet can reduce insulin resistance, improve insulin sensitivity and reduce elevated glucose and A1c levels.”
“Part of the improvement is a result of the weight loss, and part of the improvement is driven by the diet itself. Add exercise to the diet and weight loss and you have a great prescription for type 2 diabetes reversal or prevention.”
When it comes of obesity and obesity-related health problems, the apple definitely does not fall far from the tree. And it seems that in many cases, that apple is wrapped in a slab of bacon.