Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Obesity now puts kids' hearts at risk later

British researchers report recently obese children appear to develop risks for heart disease usually not seen until adulthood - putting their health in jeopardy as they age. In their analysis, the researchers found that, compared to normal-weight children, obese children had significantly higher blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels as well as thicker heart muscles.

The risk factors - including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, high blood sugar levels and thickening of the heart muscle - can boost heart disease risk by up to 40 percent. They also can increase the risk of heart disease and stroke by 30 percent to 40 percent when these children reach adulthood. Researchers warned. that overweight children also had higher blood pressure, but to a lesser extent than obese children
 
Acording to researchers, obesity is not just about appearance but could have a long-term effect on the health of the child. By not fully tackling the problem, we could lose the progress that has been made in treating heart disease in recent years. Obesity is associated with many cardiovascular risk factors and, among adults, contributes to diabetes, premature cardiovascular disease and death.

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