Early Life Programming

From conception time to young childhood, proper and adequate nutrition is vital and it can significantly affect the health of an individual. More importantly, the developmental paths established in early life impact the response of an individual to later exposure. Challenges during early development, like suffering from nutritional deficiencies or exposure to unbalanced nutrition or pollutants, lead to changes in the early development during foetal life and first year(s) after birth. These environmental adaptations can even be inherited by future generations. Thus, the extent of risk of later disease, is actually not only determined by genes, but critically depends on environment during early life. Of all environmental factors, nutrition is most well-documented to be a major influencer on health in later life.

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