The influence of diet on metabolism and health across the lifespan in nonhuman primates

Elizabeth K. Wood, Elinor L. Sullivan

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The macro and micronutrient composition and the overall quantity of the diet are important predictors of physical and psychological health and, as a consequence, behavior. Translational preclinical models are critical to identifying the mechanisms underlying these relationships. Nonhuman primate models are particularly instrumental to this line of research as they exhibit considerable genetic, social, and physiological similarities, as well as similarities in their developmental trajectories to humans. This review outlines recent contributions to the field of diet, metabolism, and health using nonhuman primate models. The influence of diet composition on health and physiology across the lifespan will be the primary focus, including recent work examining the impact of maternal diet programming of offspring physiologic and behavioral developmental outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number100336
JournalCurrent Opinion in Endocrine and Metabolic Research
StatePublished - Jun 2022


  • Diet composition
  • Mediterranean-style diet
  • Metabolism
  • Nonhuman primate
  • Obesity
  • Western-style diet

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism


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