Can A Healthy Diet in Childhood Affect Health Risks Later in Life?

In Food and Health, Mindful Eating on November 27, 2011 at 11:25 pm

As always, what we eat makes us. Another study shows the long-term effects of our food choices. Here the choices made in high school make ripples years later.
I really am what I eat- and so are you!


If you want your child to avoid health risks later in life, it appears that eating a healthier diet early in life can have some beneficial effects, at least in young adult women.

Researchers studied 230 women aged 25 to 29 years old who had previously (nine years before) participated in the Dietary Intervention Study in Children (DISC).  The DISC was a randomized controlled clinical trial that limited total fat intake to 28% of daily calorie intake and increase fiber consumption by promoting a higher intake of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

Although few participants in the follow-up study met the diagnosis of metabolic syndrome, a risk factor for heart disease, the participants who had undergone the earlier intervention had significantly lower systolic blood pressure readings and lower fasting plasma blood glucose levels compared to the control group (no earlier interventions).

The conclusion was that dietary intervention at an early…

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