DNA-damaged sperm passes cancerous genes to kids; yoga helps: AIIMS research

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“Our study reveals that OS and ODD DNA may contribute to the development of childhood cancer. Fathers of children with higher Rb showed high levels of reactive oxygen species (ROS) levels (which is also a cause of male infertility), whereas children had fathers with controlled ROS levels. Also, yoga and meditation helped a great deal in improving ROS levels. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first study to report a decline in OS and ODD and improvement in sperm DNA integrity following adoption of meditation and yoga,” said Dr Rima Dada, clinical researcher, professor-in-charge of the laboratory of molecular reproduction and genetics, Department of Anatomy at AIIMS.

Yoga practitioners agree with the research conducted at AIIMS and confirm that they have been practicing and guiding what the research says.

“It is a known fact that a bad lifestyle causes our body to act differently. Smoking, alcohol consumption, leaves our seminal DNA damaged. Thus it is very important to practice regular yoga and meditation not just for our healthy selves but also to avoid getting this unhealthy or damaged DNA from passing on to our younger ones,” said Gopal Krishnan, a yoga teacher.

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