Accumulating evidence shows that your baby’s development and early life exposures during pregnancy and the newborn period together have a profound impact on overall health throughout their lifetime. Many diseases and disorders that occur in childhood and adulthood are based upon problems with metabolic function that originate in utero (during fetal development) and during the first 1000 days of life. In order to better understand the critical role that metabolism plays in setting a life-course of human health, we’re studying the metabolism of babies and pregnant women. Our aim is to develop therapies that will “cure disease through prevention.”
Conventional medicine focuses on treating individuals when a symptom arises which is often late in the disease onset and compromises treatment efficacy. The Metabolic Health Center wants to change this model and focus on early disease prevention, detection and monitoring. Detecting diseases early allows correction of abnormalities and avoid life-long complications.