A new study published in the journal Nature last week suggests that dad’s weight, metabolic health, blood glucose levels and physical fitness levels prior to conception could all pass on potential health problems to his children. Findings are preliminary, however, as the study was conducted on rats, not humans, in a laboratory at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.
Researchers discovered that the female offspring of male rats consuming a high-fat diet who were paired with non-diabetic females began developing signs of diabetes by 13 weeks. Those daughters all had fathers who were obese and diabetic at the time of conception.
The problem with this study is that it was not conducted on humans and therefore the results may be slightly- hugely different. However, the study does cause parents and the medical community to pay attention.