A healthful diet during pregnancy results in a healthy baby. This is common sense and universally known to be true. But research has discovered that a woman’s diet at the time of conception can permanently impact the genetic code of her baby.
The genes of the baby are forever changed by mom’s diet before and during pregnancy. Mother’s diet has direct implications for health outcomes of the next generation.
Contrary to common sense, the mothers with a lower protein diet and the least weight gain during pregnancy had the most favorable genetic pattern in their children. So, mother’s diet not only contributes to healthy growth of the unborn child, but it permanently affects the genetic make of her child for his or her entire life.
The genetic markers BRCA1 and BRCA2 indicate an increased likelihood of developing breast cancer. A recent study shows that children with these genetic markers will develop breast or ovarian cancer much earlier than their cancer prone parents did.
The research was done at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. The doctors were able to pair 106 women with BRCA-positive cancer with a family member in the previous generation who was also diagnosed with a BRCA-related breast or ovarian cancer at some time in their lives.
The average age of cancer diagnosis in the parents was 48 years but was only 42 years in the children. Using a mathematical predictive model it was estimated that the drop in expected age at onset of cancer for everyone in the study was 7.9 years.
Justin Garcia and a team of researchers at Binghamton University, Binghamton, New York, have just published a study showing a genetic basis for human sexual promiscuity and infidelity. This is the first study of its kind.
Sexual promiscuity is noncommittal sexual intercourse with non-monogamous partners, or a “one-night stand.” Sexual infidelity was defined in this study as any physical sexual activity with someone besides one's current self-identified committed relationship partner, or “cheating.”
(In the Christian community infidelity would be more narrowly defined as sexual activity with anyone other than the person to whom you are married.)