Mismatch: The lifestyle diseases timebomb

Paperback | March 15, 2008

byPeter Gluckman, Mark Hanson

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We have built a world that no longer fits our bodies. Our genes - selected through our evolution - and the many processes by which our development is tuned within the womb, limit our capacity to adapt to the modern urban lifestyle. There is a mismatch. We are seeing the impact of this mismatchin the explosion of diabetes, heart disease and obesity. But it also has consequences in earlier puberty and old age.Bringing together the latest scientific research in evolutionary biology, development, medicine, anthropology and ecology, Peter Gluckman and Mark Hanson, both leading medical scientists, argue that many of our problems as modern-day humans can be understood in terms of this fundamental and growingmismatch. It is an insight that we ignore at our peril.

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We have built a world that no longer fits our bodies. Our genes - selected through our evolution - and the many processes by which our development is tuned within the womb, limit our capacity to adapt to the modern urban lifestyle. There is a mismatch. We are seeing the impact of this mismatchin the explosion of diabetes, heart disease...

Professor Peter Gluckman FRS has received international recognition for his work on fetal life. He is University Distinguished Professor, Professor of Paediatrics and Perinatal Biology, and Director of the Liggins Institute for Medical Research and the Natinal Center for Growth and Development, at the University of Auckland. He has ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.83 inPublished:March 15, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199228388

ISBN - 13:9780199228386

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Match1. Our comfort zone2. Where have we come from?3. When we were very young4. Things ain't what they used to be5. Constrained by our pastsMismatch6. Coming of age7. A life of luxury8. Four score years and ten9. Match and MismatchEpilogue

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`...possible solutions are suggested here, but for the most part Hanson and Gluckman just lay the cards out on the table for you to contemplate, which is refreshing. They offer a very humane insight that can help us all make sense of the modern world and our place in it.'Margaret Bartlett, Health and Fitness