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Nutrition and the science of disease prevention: a systems approach to support metabolic health

September 13, 2015

Nutrition and the science of disease prevention: a systems approach to support metabolic healthAnn N Y Acad Sci. 2015 Sep, Bennett BJ1, Hall KD2, Hu FB3, McCartney AL4, Roberto C5.

  • 1Departments of Genetics and Nutrition, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
  • 2Integrative Physiology Section, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland.
  • 3Departments of Nutrition and Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts.
  • 4Food and Nutritional Sciences, University of Reading, Reading, United Kingdom.
  • 5Departments of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Nutrition, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts.

Abstract

Progress in nutritional science, genetics, computer science, and behavioral economics can be leveraged to address the challenge of noncommunicable disease. This report highlights the connection between nutrition and the complex science of preventing disease and discusses the promotion of optimal metabolic health, building on input from several complementary disciplines. The discussion focuses on (1) the basic science of optimal metabolic health, including data from gene-diet interactions, microbiome, and epidemiological research in nutrition, with the goal of defining better targets and interventions, and (2) how nutrition, from pharma to lifestyle, can build on systems science to address complex issues.

© 2015 New York Academy of Sciences.

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