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Many Diseases Have a Foreshadowing in Infancy

“Every adult has experienced childhood, and we discovered during research that some diseases of adults may have a foreshadowing in the early stages of their life.” Liu Hanmin, president of West China Second University Hospital, Sichuan University, said so.

LIU Hanmin, President, West China Second University Hospital, Sichuan University

"Origin of Adult Health and Disease: From the Perspective of Pediatric Respiratory Diseases"

In 1986, Professor David Barker published a report on infant mortality, childhood nutrition and ischemic heart disease in Britain and Wales in the famous journal The Lancet. According to the study, he proposed that chronic diseases in adulthood, such as cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases are related to malnutrition during the early 1000-day period of life, which subsequently became the famous Barker Hypothesis.

According to Liu Hanmin, some studies have found that if a child is born prematurely, his lung function is at a relatively low level. No matter how hard this child works, when he reaches his twenties, his lung function will still be weaker than his peers.

"The doctor's efforts only save the lives of these premature babies, but after they enter adulthood, their health status is completely different from that of the full-term born children." Liu Hanmin said.

For many Chinese families, if the child is born prematurely, parents all want to feed the child more, which is called "catching up with growth." “Parents want their children to catch up as soon as possible. And this is like giving growth hormone to tomatoes. The consequences are terrible.” Liu Hanmin suggested that children who are catching up like this look fat and the incidence of anaphylactic diseases such as asthma and high blood pressure will increase significantly in the future.

Therefore, Liu Hanmin stressed that if some effort and attention to adult diseases can be transferred to the pediatrics, it will be found that the incidence of chronic diseases will gradually decline!

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