How Dad's Stresses are Passed Along to Offspring

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You may be passing on more than your DNA.

New research suggests a father's stress levels are translating to offspring via sperm-attached particles called extracellular vesicles that were previously thought insignificant.

Researchers subjected half of the test subject mice to stress for several months prior to conception, and found their offspring's brains developed to exhibit significantly different behavior than genetically identical mice from un-stressed fathers. The researchers then conducted subsequent experiments to isolate the vesicles as the translation mechanism.

This is all the more reason to take control of your stress levels where possible before conception. These include getting more sleep to better tolerate stress, trying to reduce work and toxin stress, and reducing testicular heat stress with The Underdog. 

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