Men addicted to cigarettes can put an end to the health of his child
If a man was smoking before conceiving a child, the genetic material of its descendants, is probably damaged, writes News-medical.net. Hence, the risk of cancer increased.
Sperm cell to develop, it takes three months. Therefore, scientists urge men to quit long before conception, if they decide to have a child. Diana Anderson of the University of Bradford commented, "The transmitted genetic changes can increase the risk of childhood leukemia and a number of genetic disorders".
These conclusions were based on the analysis of biomarkers of DNA. With their help, researchers assessed the genetic changes in the paternal DNA and semen in the period close to conceive. Also investigated the mothers blood and cord blood.
Plus, families filled a questionnaire on lifestyle, environmental factors, and type of activity. Complex analysis has revealed the role of outside influence prior to conception and during pregnancy for genetic changes in children.