A new model for the origins of chronic disease
Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy, 4, (1), . (doi:10.1023/A:1009934412988).
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Living things are often plastic during their early development and are moulded by the environment. 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, stroke, diabetes and hypertension.
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