Interesting study in Sciene Magazine that shows that Dad’s diet may contribute to their children getting diabetes. Research done on rats, show that fat male rats may actually pass diabetes down to their offspring.
From Sciene Magazine:
“What that means for society is that males need to be conscious of the fact that their nutrition could have impacts on their offspring before they’re even conceived,” says epigeneticist Michael Skinner of Washington State University, Pullman, who was not involved with the research. Men might also be wary of smoking and pesticide exposure, the harmful effects of which could also be passed down to children epigenetically, he says. “When the vast majority of disease has no correlation to any identifiable genetic abnormality, we have to stop thinking that everything is genetic.”
Morris agrees. Genes alone don’t explain why younger and younger people have become diabetic and obese over the past decades, she says. “Obviously, we need to do more work, but if the same phenomenon is relevant in humans, it may explain some of the recent demographic shift toward early diabetes.”