Monday, July 31, 2006

Health in Old Age Determined by Age 2

“What happens before the age of 2 has a permanent, lasting effect on your health, and that includes aging,” said Dr. David J. P. Barker, a professor of medicine at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland and a professor of epidemiology at the University of Southampton in England.

It is a world that obsesses Dr. Barker. Animal studies and data that he and others have been gathering have convinced him that health in middle age can be determined in fetal life and in the first two years after birth.
Interesting. For all the news on which foods to eat to prolong health, it might be more important what your mom was eating when she was pregnant and what she fed you when you were a baby.

via NY Times

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