What affects how our genes are expressed? Part 2 of 5 in our series on #epigenetics.
Research findings show that early experiences matter. Social and environmental factors experienced as a child, like diet, stress, prenatal nutrition and socio-economic status, can get under the skin to affect how our genes are expressed. These effects can potentially influence our health, wellbeing and behavior outcomes across the lifespan.
Socio-economic status is a complex concept that takes into account many variables, such as residential stability, housing density, population diversity, employment, family wealth, parent education and more. What kind of policy changes do you think would make the biggest impact to improve socio-economic status factors that influence Early Child Development? Leave your comments below.
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Posted:Jan. 24, 2014, 9:50 a.m.