Dr. Namsoo Chang is presently a full professor of Nutrition in the Department of Nutritional Science and Food Management at Ewha Womans University.
She graduated, summa cum laude, in Nutrition Science from Ewha Womans University and received her Ph.D. from Rutgers University, USA. Dr. Chang has served as past President of the Korean Nutrition Society and Vice President of the Korean Society of Medical Nutrition Science and was also on the WHO/FAO Expert Working Group on Vitamins/Minerals Risk Assessment.
She now serves as a member of the Advisory Committee for the Korean Nutrition Society, Scientific Advisor for the ILSI Korea, Scientific Program committee for the Korean Society of Maternal and Child Health.
Professor Namsoo Chang was in Singapore to speak at the inaugural Global Congress on Maternal Nutrition, organised by Abbott Nutrition.
5 foods to take regularly while pregnant
Milk or calcium-fortified soymilk
Fresh vegetables and fruits
Whole grain bread and cereals
Fish, poultry, lean beef and pork
What are the potential negative health consequences for the infant (and into adulthood) if maternal nutrition is compromised ?
Low birth weight (Birth weight less than 2.5 kg)
Neurocognitive development disturbances
Chronic diseases (Diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, etc) later in life
How does ‘early programming’ show a connection between mom’s diet in pregnancy and the health of the child?
Epigenetic mechanism: Growing evidence suggests that food substances and nutrients can alter epigenomes. Epigenetic changes refer to modifications in the genome without changes in the DNA base sequence, which can influence gene expression and also can be heritable. Numerous diseases (Obesity, Type 2 diabetes, polycystic ovary syndrome, cancer, depression, Alzheimer’s disease, etc.) are associated with epigenetic alternations that might have occurred during the fetal period when the baby is in the womb and is totally dependent on the mother for its need for energy and nutrients. Developmental period is a time susceptible to epigenetic modifications.
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