Dads Make a Difference

Dr. Greene on the importance of dads!

Dads Make a Difference

Men with multiple sclerosis seem to be more than twice as likely to transmit the disease to their children as women with this disease, say researchers from the Mayo Clinic. Dad’s diet, like mom’s, may help babies even before they are born!

Researchers have found that dads who take in enough folic acid may make their offspring less susceptible to cancer, according to a study published in the February 2001 issue of the Journal Fertility and Sterility.

For years, women have been encouraged to get enough folic acid to help prevent birth defects. Now it appears that folic acid also leads to strong, healthy sperm that produce healthier kids.

This breakthrough suggests that other factors in Dad’s life that have yet to be looked at may also play a role in the strength and vitality of his sperm and the subsequent health of his children (his general health, alcohol consumption, or tobacco use, for instance).

Dr. Alan Greene

Dr. Greene is a practicing physician, author, national and international TEDx speaker, and global health advocate. He is a graduate of Princeton University and University of California San Francisco.

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