Physical activity during pregnancy does not always guarantee healthy offspring

Experts from the University of New South Wales conducted an experiment on rats. Rodents fed a high-fat meal for six weeks before mating, pregnancy and breastfeeding offspring. 10 days prior to mating part females were actively moving, the second half was in a cage that restricts movement, says Zee News.

19 days after birth, the researchers assessed the degree of expression of genes associated with metabolism of glucose and fats. Rats with obesity, having the ability to move, had reduced levels of insulin and glucose in the blood. Their offspring less frequently encountered obesity in the future.

Physical activity the mother had reduced the risk of diseases in offspring, but the effect is largely dependent on the sex of pups. The activity of the mother was positively reflected on the health of males, while the impact of this factor on female scientists hardly noticed.

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