If you’re pregnant—back away from that bag of Doritos!
According to a new study, pregnant women who gorge on fatty foods may increase the chances that their daughters and even grand-daughters will develop breast cancer in later life.
The London Daily Mail reports that researchers believe eating an unhealthy diet can permanently alter the cells of an unborn baby – and future generations.
They suggest that eating well in pregnancy could reduce levels of breast cancer, the most common cancer in the UK affecting one in eight women during their lives.
Scientists at Georgetown University in Washington DC fed pregnant rats either a normal diet or one much higher in fat.
For those on the fatty diet, their daughters and grand-daughters which were fed normally, were found to have a significantly higher risk of developing breast cancer tumors.
A fatty diet is linked to higher levels of the female sex hormone estrogen.
While the findings have not been confirmed in humans, lead author, Dr Sonia de Assis said: ‘What a mother eats or is exposed to during pregnancy can increase her daughter’s breast cancer risk.
‘What we found for the first time is that increased breast risk of those daughters can be passed down to grand-daughters and even great-grand daughters and that is without any further exposures.
I’m Bill Maier for WBCL.