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Nutrition. 1997 Sep;13(9):807-13.

Maternal nutrition, fetal nutrition, and disease in later life.

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  • 1MRC Environmental Epidemiology Unit, University of Southampton, Southampton General Hospital, UK.


Recent findings suggest that many human fetuses have to adapt to a limited supply of nutrients and in doing so they permanently change their physiology and metabolism. These "programmed" changes may be the origins of a number of diseases in later life, including coronary heart disease and the related disorders stroke, diabetes, and hypertension.

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