Study suggests dads have effect on babies health

Posted at 7:11 PM, May 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-23 19:11:17-04

A recent study done at Georgetown University suggests that a father to be can have an effect on their unborn child’s health.

They reviewed paternal age, lifestyle and other factors. The findings revealed a link that suggests a man's diet, drinking and smoking habits, and age may contribute to birth defects, autism, obesity, mental illnesses, and other problems in their children.

The study revealed that fathers who were obese had children who were more at risk for obesity, diabetes, abnormal metabolism and certain cancers.

Scientists are not sure how or why this happens, but these changes can affect the fathers’ children and even grandchildren. 

7 Action News Chief Health Editor Partha Nandi has some tips for men who are hoping to have children. You can see his report in the video player above and read the tips below.

  1. Manage stress: If you often feel on edge, take steps to reduce or deal with it.  Find a hobby, meditate or try yoga or tai chi.
  2. Watch your alcohol intake: Stick to 2 drinks a day for men.  If you're concerned you’re drinking too much, see your doctor for help.
  3. Manage your weight: Too much weight can take a toll on your body and heart. If you're obese, find a doctor with expertise in treating obesity.
  4. Adopt a healthy lifestyle overall: Don't smoke, get regular physical exercise and make healthy food choices.