To Your Health
October, 2015 (Vol. 09, Issue 10)
Heart Disease (Risk) Starts Early
By Editorial Staff
Are your kids pursuing health behaviors that could lead to heart disease
in adult life? The research certainly suggest so – a reminder to all parents to instill healthy habits in their children before it's too late. Case in point: A study published in The New England Journal of Medicine
checked more than 9,000 overweight or obese adolescents / teens ages 3-19 for heart disease risk factors including high blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes. Results showed that weight status was associated with poorer health status with regard to heart disease risk: Obese youth
had higher blood pressure, worse cholesterol profiles and higher blood sugar levels than their overweight counterparts, suggesting the more overweight a child is, the higher their risk of developing heart disease later in life.
The moral to the story: Excess weight – even in childhood – can be dangerous! Teach children the importance of a balanced, nutritious diet, consistent physical activity and other heart-friendly behaviors to help them grow up healthy and stay healthy, at least when it comes to the nation's No. 1 killer: heart disease. And talk to your doctor if you or your child is experiencing a weight problem for practical advice to help bring your weight into the healthy range.