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Uncovering the Causes of Adult Health Issues: Origins in Birth

July 8, 2023

Have you ever pondered why so many adults experience chronic health issues, particularly ones which started before adulthood?

Some Causes of Adult Health Issues may arise from birth and the delivery method like C-section

Unlocking their source may require going all the way back to birth itself. Understanding your issues as an adult may require going further back than imagined! To properly discover their origins.

Yes, that’s correct – our current health issues can often be traced directly back to what happened at birth.

Realizing these relationships is critical in finding solutions for your well-being issues.

We’ll investigate five adult health conditions and their potential links back to events at birth in this blog post, along with steps you can take towards improving your well-being.

Stay tuned as we unveil some of the mysteries of adult health issues in this collaborative post – you may just learn what started at birth!

Micro image representing gut health, one of the Causes of Adult Health Issues

Gut Health

A healthy gut is crucial to overall well-being. Unfortunately, many adults struggle with digestive conditions like IBS, Crohn’s disease and small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO).

While the exact cause of these conditions remains elusive, research indicates a potential link to birth events such as cesarean section delivery.

C-section births may reduce exposure to beneficial bacteria while simultaneously increasing potentially harmful ones – creating the conditions necessary for chronic digestive problems later on.

Furthermore, premature babies often miss vital exposure to bacteria at birth, which puts them at a greater risk of developing these disorders later in life.

Thus, abnormal gut health in very early life may be one of the causes of adult health issues.

Allergies & Asthma

Allergic reactions and asthma are two of the most prevalent chronic health conditions, impacting adults of all ages.

While genetics play a part, environmental factors also have an effect.

Exposure to allergens during early years has links with a higher risk for allergies and asthma later on.

This is especially relevant when considering birth by cesarean section. C-section births deprive infants of beneficial bacteria that help regulate immune function during labour.

Other risk factors, including smoke pollution, can increase one’s susceptibility.

Heart Disease 

Cardiovascular illness is one of the leading causes of death among adults in the US – but did you know it can also begin at birth?

Low birth weight and premature birth rates have links with increased risks for heart disease later on in life. But they commonly occur when giving birth through cesarean section delivery)

Furthermore, children may be at greater risk for future cardiovascular issues by continuous damage to arteries from certain toxins and pollutants.

Image of a baby and adult displaying the brain and spinal cord. Neurodevelopmental injuries can be Causes of Adult Health Issues

Spinal Problems

The spine is an essential element of structural support in our bodies. Any issues during its development can have long-term repercussions for future health.

Stress at birth may lead to conditions like scoliosis – which is more common in babies born via cesarean section delivery.

A pediatric chiropractor can help to identify such problems early and provide treatments such as massage therapy, spinal adjustments and exercises which reduce risks as a child matures.

Neurodevelopmental Issues

Autism, ADHD and cerebral palsy can arise during gestation or shortly after birth. They are important causes of adult health issues.

Medical research has suggested a link between cesarean section delivery and increased risks of neurodevelopmental issues.

Although difficult to pinpoint an exact cause, healthy diets, regular exercise, and enriching activities can all help your child build strong neural pathways.

These can lower risk factors for any long-term issues that might arise later on.

Child health can have long-term ramifications on an adult’s overall well-being and quality of life. From heart disease and spinal issues to neurodevelopmental disorders and beyond – it all starts when babies are born.

Lifestyle decisions made later on can influence the development of these conditions. Therefore understanding how different delivery methods may impact your baby’s health is critical when making decisions regarding childbirth or seeking medical advice if any abnormalities develop early in childhood.

Being proactive about providing your infant with comprehensive healthcare from infancy onwards could make all the difference between good health now and serious complications down the line.

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Editing by AskAwayHealth Team


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