The importance of nutrition at key moments in life

There is increasing evidence to suggest that nutrition can impact both short- and long-term health outcomes. Research has shown how the right nutrition at the right time can help ensure clinically relevant benefits.


Some key examples include the following:

  • Evidence shows that nutritional choices made during the first 1000 days (from conception to toddlerhood), can make a significant difference to health later in life1.
  • Pre-, pro- and postbiotics positively impact the gut microbiota composition early in life and onwards, building a strong foundation to support the development of a baby, now and in the future2.
  • Cachexia (loss of lean body mass) is one of the most common causes of death in cancer patients. Undesired weight loss is one of the most common symptoms experienced by cancer patients. In fact, between 30%-80% of patients experience weight loss at some point during their illness, depending on the site of the tumour3. The right nutritional status and appropriate BMI have been shown to improve treatment outcomes.

  1. Hanley, et al. Br J Nutr, 2010;104, pp S1S25 doi: 10.1017/S0007114510003338
  2. Salminen S et al. The biotics family in early life. Essential Knowledge Briefing. Wiley, Chichester (2019).
  3. Hebuterne X et al. JPEN, 2014;38:196.

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