Most chronic diseases experienced in adulthood originated from the kind of nutritional habit in the first 1,000 days of their life. The period was a unique window of opportunity to prevent these diseases. The first 1,000 days of life, from pregnancy to a child’s second birthday, if not properly taken care of, is irreversible and could lead to the development of chronic diseases later in life.

If a mother does not breastfeed her baby exclusively for the first six months of birth and later with timely and adequate complementary feeding till the child is two, there will be little or no control over what happens later in life. A good example is in cases where the pancreas is not properly formed, it will not produce enough insulin to prevent diabetes. That is why when such individual has grown with all the riches, resources and knowledge to eat right with adequate nutritional habits, the organs that were not properly formed during the first 1,000 days of the child’s life will not be able to handle or cope with those nutrients and they begin to have problems and fail.

So, once these diseases set in, no matter how wealthy you are, there is little or nothing that can be done to cure them, but such patients could manage and live with the disease throughout their lives. There is a need to better educate expectant and nursing mothers to make informed decisions regarding nutritional care in the first 1,000 days of their babies’ lives.  When you feed a baby with animal milk, it causes the cells in the baby’s body to increase in number and size, more than it should. This is why a young child will grow fat, become overweight or obese and even look older than his or her age.

Obesity comes with increased risk of chronic diseases and causes death such as hypertension, stroke, coronary heart disease, Type-2 diabetes, mental illness such as depression, breakdown of cartilage and bone within the joint and some cancers. Even when that obese child becomes an adult and tries slimming mechanisms, they may not work because those cells are still there in the body. Therefore, mothers refusing to breastfeed are rendering a disservice to themselves, the baby and to humanity. Also, when your child is fat, don’t take it as being healthy, that child is obese.

War against Chronic Disease Initiative (WACDi) is an NGO saddled with the task of eradicating chronic disease across Africa majorly through campaigns and sensitization on prevention schemes.

Prevention is always better than cure…

Olujide Mayowa Oyelade

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Posted by The Sent Nurse Adenike

I am The Sent Nurse,My real name is Adenike Oladmeji. I refer to myself as “the sent nurse” because I strongly believe I have an assignment not just as a regular nurse but to care for people in their lowest state beyond the physical needs. Also most of my patients fondly call me "the sent nurse"because of the way I have cared for them. The peculiarity of my profession for me is that it has moved beyond being just a nurse that takes care of the body, but one that takes care of the soul/mind and spirit of a human being. I care for the threefold man – the body, the soul/mind and the spirit. I am a very proud and enthusiastic registered nurse, and I currently practice with Roding Healthcare in Lagos, Nigeria. Added to my skill and expertise in taking care of your soul / mind, I am also a certified emotional intelligence, health/wellness and life coach. To further carry my message and passion for both my calling/profession and the three-fold man, I own a blog (www.thesentnurse.com) that focuses on faith and health related topics and discussions. I also speak at events, conferences and seminars, both Nationwide and Internationally. As an entrepreneur, I manage the operations of Ewaade beauty store (@ewaadebeautystore) , a beauty store that operates majorly via social media, providing quality cosmetics and beauty products to every female of all levels. At Ewaade beauty store, enhancing your true beauty is our goal because we believe there is no flaw in you (you are altogether beautiful). We provide you a balance of the best quality and cheapest prices.

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