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Smoking of parents affects their future children

22 February 2017, 09:00

Scientists from the University of Massachusetts found that smoking parents, and especially his father, reflects badly not only on their own health, but also to future children.

The researchers came to this conclusion after spending an experiment on rodents as metabolism in mice have much in common with the human metabolism.

The experiment consisted of constant exposure to nicotine, mice: an additional scientists observed the characteristics of the health of their offspring.

During the investigation it was found that the organisms mice quickly recognize toxic substances and just as quickly they were taken in response to any polluting factors of the environment and atmosphere, and showing more indicative resistance to adverse health effects. Experts explained the phenomenon of habituation development and adaptation of the organism to toxic chemical substances, as well as an acceleration of metabolic processes in the liver due to the expression of individual genes.

Moreover, it proved genetically establishes communication: this person is transferred to the stability of his children. At first, scientists have accepted this information as good news for smokers - because their children become more adaptable to adverse conditions of existence. However, it soon opened and the other side of the coin.

Further experiments only confirmed the fears of experts: the descendants born to couples who were exposed to nicotine exposure, inherited hypertrophied tolerance of the body to all kinds of chemicals, including to drugs.

What can say the information obtained? Children whose fathers are heavy smokers may suffer impaired susceptibility to certain types of drugs, that at a certain moment can create a lot of problems in the child's treatment.

One of the direct participants of the study, Ph.D., professor of biological chemistry and molecular pharmacology Oliver Rando, pointed out that "pre-programming" of children smokers toxic resistance has yet to be studied, as it causes a lot of additional questions:

  • Does that mean that for these children the chemotherapy would be ineffective?
  • Will the children of smokers Smoking - weaken or strengthen nicotine cravings?

It may be that at some point, when the child will need to undergo a course of treatment, such as antibiotics, they simply will not work, and the treatment will not bring the proper result. Of course, it can create a lethal danger to humans as well as an infectious disease simply nothing will cure - the body will not respond positively to medication.

According to the press service of the University of Massachusetts Medical College research on this topic will be continued. But now it is clear that many parents it makes sense to think about the health of their future children in advance.

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