Adult-onset diseases, such as type 2 diabetes or hypertension may have origins in the first years of life.
“The first 1,000 days, the period from conception until age 2, lay the foundation for a person’s health later in life,” said Jigna Dharod, associate professor with UNC Greensboro. Her research explores the relationship between food insecurity and health outcomes. She also studies the risk for obesity and related chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure.
“I’m interested in promoting health equity for vulnerable populations,” said Dharod. Her research is just one example of UNCG’s commitment to live out diversity and equity as actionable values. While her work has universal applications, it is of great local interest because the Greensboro-High Point metro area is ranked as No. 14 in the nation for food insecurity.