Grandmother's Diet Influences Grandchildren's Breast Cancer Risk

12:20 PM, Apr 21, 2010   |    comments
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(WTSP) -- You know you are what you eat, but researchers say you could also be what your grandmother ate!

Scientists at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center say women who eat too many bad fats during pregnancy, may influence the health of generations to come.

Their study focused on pregnant rats that ate a high fat diet and found at least two other generations had an 80 percent increase in their breast cancer risk.

They theorize that daughters, sons and even grandchildren are at an increase risk based on the grandmother's high fat food choices.

Researchers say they're not sure why the increased risk is based on at least two generations but they know how to prevent it. Eat good fats and fresh, whole foods while pregnant.

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