Intrauterine programming of coronary heart disease and stroke

Authors

  • DJP Barker

    1. MRC Environmental Epidemiology Unit, University of Southampton, Southampton, UK
    2. MRC Environmental Epidemiology Unit, University of Southampton, Southampton General Hospital, Southampton SO16 6YD, UK
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Abstract

We have become accustomed to the idea that the major disorders of adult life, including coronary heart disease, stroke and diabetes, arise from an interaction between influences in our adult lifestyle and a genetically determined susceptibility. Recent research, however, suggests that growth in utero may also play an important role. □ Programming, intrauterine growth, birth weight, undernutrition, coronary heart disease, stroke

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