Disease Risk Can be Programmed in Early Life

Intuitively we know choices made today, may come back to roost sometime in the future, either to help or hurt us. The Bible said it long ago: “Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant” (Galations 6:7).

A fascinating study published this month in the Journal of the American Medical Association reveals that rapid and early weight gain in infancy significantly increases the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease in early adulthood. Looking at the first three months of life, these Dutch researchers found those with the most rapid weight gain had a significantly greater percentage of body fat and waist circumference and reduced insulin sensitivity in early adulthood. This was reflected in lowered insulin sensitivity and HDL levels and higher waist circumference, total cholesterol/HDL ratios, and triglyceride levels.

Positive Tip: Advice to mothers of young infants: feed your child enough to stay within a healthy percentile. Who knows, they may thank you for it 25-30 years down the road.