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How does choices we make in our younger years influence health later in life? Give 3 examples.
What can influence a chronic disease to become fatal? Give at least 3 examples.

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1. How does choices we make in our younger years influence health later in life? Give 3 examples.

Three choices in our early life that influence health later in life are diet and nutrition, environmental exposures (lead, etc.), and sedentary lifestyle.

Diet and Nutrition:

For example, recent studies have shown that undernutrition has a whole range of effects that impede not only children's nutrition and development in the short term, but also their cognitive abilities and productivity in adulthood, with measurable economic impacts. They have also shown that the window of opportunity for addressing child nutritional needs in ways that produce healthy, productive adults lasts from conception through age two. After that, the effects of undernutrition are largely irreversible. (http://www.ifpri.org/pubs/bp/bp008.asp). In one study, only children who were obese at 13 showed an increased risk of obesity as adults (http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?artid=60301).

In another study, "fully 15 percent of youth are overweight by the time they reach adulthood, a rate that has increased by 50 percent since 1990 and is associated with the increasing blood pressure of U.S. ...

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Through discussion and examples, this solution discusses how the health choices that a person makes in younger years influence health later in life, as well as the factors that can influence a chronic disease to become fatal.

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