How father’s health affects baby’s healthy development?


Most of us know that your baby’s condition during pregnancy is solely dependent on the health of the mother. However, in a current study led by researchers from the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for basic metabolic research that there is an increasing evidence showing that the lifestyle of both parents influences the health of their child.

We believe that mothers are the one responsible for the healthy growth of their babies, but it is not just about the mother, fathers do affect a lot. In recent studies conducted in the Associate Professor Romain Barre’s Laboratory comparing sperm cells from 13 lean men and 10 obese men, they discovered that these sperms shown different epigenetic marks that can affect their next generation’s appetite.

Another study conducted in 6 men before and after their gastric bypass surgery, this is to find out how the surgery will affect the epigenetic information of the sperm cells. The researchers observed that there are 4,000 structural changes to sperm cell DNA before the surgery. This is to prove that sperm cell carries information about the father’s weight that will further determine or affect the condition of their offspring.

Epigenetic marks: Health of the offspring

Epigenetic marks can control the appearance of the genes; this is because that the traits are being affected by external or environmental factors. Epidemiological observations showed that acute nutritional stress like famine can increase the risk of developing diabetes in the future generations on the other side too much available food developed their grandchildren cardiometabolic diseases.

Parent’s gamete that carries specific marks contributes to the developmental health of their child. Your father’s diet can be critical to a baby’s health development especially now that unhealthy foods are everywhere. If you look at the information out there in terms of preventing birth defects, it’s all depends at the mother. However, recent studies show that men really need to consider their lifestyle in terms of the health of their future offspring. That there is the chance the birth defects even started during pre-conception being contributed by the father.

In a study, fathers who have insufficient folate found out that offspring has a high risk of developing birth defects such as skeletal abnormalities and structural problems. Fathers should think about what they put in their mouth, what they smoke and what they drink that these findings could be detrimental to your health and to your baby’s future health.

Obese father to their newborn…

In a recent study, those children born to obese fathers are predisposed to developing obesity later in life not considering their mother’s weight. Obesity is a condition where a person accumulated so much fat that it is not good to his/her health, a disorder that considered as a worldwide heritable metabolic disorder that is very sensitive to environmental conditions such as diet and physical activities.

According to the researcher at the Danish heart foundation named Soetkin Versteyhe, “ The study raised awareness about the importance of lifestyle factors, particularly our diet, prior to conception. The way we eat and our level of physical activity before we conceive may be important to our future children’s health and development.”

A father’s sperm could predict whether his child would be obese, you can tell a lot through your father’s sperm. An obese father carries epigenetic marks could affect the behavior and eating pattern of any offspring those sperm produce. On the other side, the findings suggest that fathers might want to start exercising more and eating before they conceive shows more healthy baby.

This research is still on its young age, the researchers are only depending on the information carry out by our gametes and there is nothing we can do about it. However, if we can improve the health of our parents before conception maybe we can reduce the risk of obesity in our children. This is to prove that what we do in life may have implications not only for our health but also to the health of our children and even our grandchildren.