Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death and disability in the United States today, and its initial phases begin early in life. Many of the risk factors for it can be either controlled or prevented by a healthy lifestyle starting in infancy and carrying on into adulthood. This article reviews the evidence for the early life origins of cardiovascular disease and makes suggestions for nutritionists on how to help prevent it with lifestyle modifications starting at a young age
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Jerrilynn D. Burrowes, PhD, RD, CDN, is an associate professor at the Department of Nutrition, School of Health Professions and Nursing, at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University, in Brookville, New York.
Correspondence: Jerrilynn D. Burrowes, PhD, RD, CDN, Department of Nutrition, School of Health Professions and Nursing, C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University, 720 Northern Blvd, Brookville, NY 11548 (Jerrilynn.Burrowes@liu.edu).