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Effects of Early Life Experience on Diabetes Risk

Biological events that occur during fetal and postnatal life predispose a child to an elevated risk of chronic diseases, including diabetes, later in life. This training reviews the research related to brain development, genetics and fetal origin and describes evidenced-based interventions to break the cycle.

To start, click on Introduction and Brain Development in the menu below.


The CME/CE credit for the Effects of Early Life Experience on Diabetes Risk training expired September 5, 2012.
CME/CE credit will not be offered after this date except for dental professionals.


  1. Discuss the importance of the prenatal and early life periods.
  2. Differentiate between risk and protective factors that occur in these developmental periods.
  3. Review the impacts of stress and trauma on the physiologic and behavioral risks for chronic disease.
  4. Summarize characteristics of innovative programs that have been shown to successfully modify these risks.