Kerryn Boogaard Kerryn Boogaard
Beverly Goldsmith Beverly Goldsmith
Zoe Bingley-Pullin Zoe Bingley-Pullin

Fatty food in pregnancy linked to breast cancer:

A study in the US of female rats found that high-fat diets elevated the likelihood of mammary cancer in their offspring by as much as 60 per cent.
By Motherpedia
Date: September 17 2012
Editor Rating:

Women who eat fatty food while pregnant could be increasing the chances of breast cancer in their daughters and even their granddaughters, a new study suggests. 

The research showed a high-fat diet in rats led to "irreversible changes to the DNA to the foetus" and research had also shown fatty foods triggered an increase in a pregnant woman's oestrogen levels.

Scientists from Virginia Tech and Georgetown University believe this might alter the genes passed down through generations.

During the trial, rats fed oestrogen supplements as well as a fatty diet passed on the increased likelihood of breast cancer all the way to their great-granddaughters.

National Breast Cancer Foundation research investment director Dr Alison Butt told The Daily Telegraph that prevention could start as early as the womb.

"High-fat diets or oestrogen-increased exposure can actually cause these significant changes and you will carry those changes from the foetus onwards, and those changes might cause or trigger disease much later down the track," Dr Butt said.

"It is not that alone - cancer is usually an accumulation of those changes, which is why usually it happens much later in life (but) this research says to pregnant women you can have a very important, positive effect on your children, maybe for many generations to come."

Share This Tweet This Email To Friend
Recent Comments
0 Total Comments
Post a Comment
* your email address will not appear

Please enter the word you see in the image below:

Post a Comment
* your email address will not appear

Please enter the word you see in the image below:33343

Your Comment has been posted
Related Articles
Just found out you’re going to be a dad? That’s…
Read more
Your body will never amaze you more than during pregnancy.
Read more
The three stages of pregnancy are defined by trimesters.
Read more
Water retention is common in pregnancy and often unavoidable.
Read more
Cry babies

Dry your eyes!
The newest additions are on their way from the Babies who cry real tears!


Latest Tech Used In Shipping Containers
Read how the shipping industry has revolutionised

Motherpedia cover-2

Win 1 set of a 4-book hardcover illustrated boxed set
Barbara Murray’s new 4-book Sound Stories is perfect for parents and educators and could assist with NAPLAN results

Motherpedia cover (4)

Where to celebrate Oktoberfest Australia
Get ready for this celebration!

Motherpedia cover-4

A Fortnight of Foodie Experiences at East Village
A taste of East Village. What's in it for me?

Globber my too fix up cover

We Try: Globber My TOO Fix Up
A scooter that grows with your child

Throw a winning cricket pitch

3 Steps to a Winning Backyard Cricket Pitch
Ex-Adelaide Oval legend curator Les Burdett shares his tips for getting your backyard cricket pitch test match ready this summer

A bike that follows your kids life cycle - motherpedia - cover

A Bike That Follows Your Kids Life Cycle
Check out the Bunzi 2-in-1 gradual balance bike!

Moonlight lifestyle

Moonlight Cinema to bring…
Moonlight Cinema announces brand new Western Sydney venue

Screen shot 2019-11-26 at 8.29.12 am

Your Magical Christmas Wonderland…
Adventure park is about to light up the night sky with its "Christmas Festival of Lights"

Screen shot 2019-11-21 at 11.11.36 am

The Preston Market Gets…
It's time to feel pumped up for the holiday season!


Bunnings team members get…
Help raise funds by buying a snag or donating at your local store.