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Benefits of exercise to future generations

New research finds that women can pass on benefits of exercise to future generations

November 30, 2022

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A study conducted by Harvard Medical School has shown that physically active women can pass the benefits of exercise to later generations. Their research has found that physically active grandmothers benefit future generations whether they exercise or not.

The findings of the study prove that a grandmother who regularly exercised before childbearing etched the benefits in the DNA of their grand offspring.

The results concluded that:

  • Grand offspring had decreased fat mass regardless of their current diet
  • Adult males and females had improved glucose tolerance
  • Second–generation males and females demonstrated lower fat mass with exercise-trained grandmothers


The findings are set to have a striking impact on research into obesity and Type 2 diabetes. Further evidence that maintaining a healthy active regimen can seriously improve future generations can improve policymaking in the area.

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