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Hi there,

This site is an offshoot of our nutrition blog which may have led you to here.

All of the content appearing here was originally featured in that blog but we decided to move this particular subject to its own site owing to the general nature and relatedness of its content. The idea is that one can get a basic understanding of all the major lifestyle diseases from the comfort of one place.

We adapted most of the content appearing in this site from various textbooks and online sources with the ultimate goal of making the concepts as easily understandable as possible to the general population. We hope that you'll find this resource helpful in achieving a healthy lifestyle for yourself and family. 

Regards,
Kelvin Muriuki

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