Day 9 of 99 Days to FASDay

Day 9 of 99 days to 9.9 FASDay (2)

While much of the emphasis has been placed on advising women to abstain from alcohol while pregnant, research shows men who consume alcohol can cause FASD in their children. Though it’s not clear how much alcohol it takes, it is clear dads should be passing on alcohol if they want to ensure their children are healthy.

Fathers can cause FASD

The study, which was published in the American Journal of Stem Cells in May 2016, detailed how a father’s lifestyle can have an unexpected influence on his child’s health, including having a child with FASD.

Senior researcher Joanna Kitlinska, Ph.D. stated, in an article published in Tech Times

“We know the nutritional, hormonal and psychological environment provided by the mother permanently alters organ structure, cellular response and gene expression in her offspring.”

The findings showed that the same can be said with the biological fathers whose age, lifestyle and drinking behaviors can affect the molecules involved in gene function.

“In this way, a father can affect not only his immediate offspring, but future generations as well,” added Kitlinska.

Additional research is needed, but the message of Zero Alcohol For Nine Months (049) needs to be expanded to include no alcohol for men planning on having a child.

049 Before and After

Stay tuned for Day 10 on this 99 Day Journey to FASDay!

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