About Careers Internship MedBlog Contact us
Medindia LOGIN REGISTER
Advertisement

Overweight Kids Show Early Signs Of Heart Disease, Warn Researchers

by Aruna on September 3, 2009 at 10:42 AM
Font : A-A+

Overweight Kids Show Early Signs Of Heart Disease, Warn Researchers

Spanish researchers warn that overweight and obese kids as young as 12 are showing early signs of heart disease.

During a study, scientists in Barcelona analyzed 80 obese and overweight kids with an average age of 12 and compared them with 60 lean youngsters.

Advertisement

They found that larger kids had higher cholesterol and blood pressure, as well as more signs of pre-diabetes.

The researchers are now looking into "endothelial dysfunction" - a thickening of the arteries associated with heart problems.

By studying how easily the forearm relaxes, scientists are able to monitor the degree of the dysfunction.
Advertisement

They discovered the overweight and obese children had a similar level of the condition to adults with chronic heart disease.

"Endothelium-dependent relaxation of forearm arteries is already impaired by the same as in adults with chronic heart failure, and this in our 12-year old obese children," the Scotsman quoted the researchers as saying.

"Primary or secondary prevention strategies starting early in childhood should aim at reversing current increase in childhood obesity.

"These strategies can be initiated at home and in preschool institutions, schools or after-school care services to influence diet and physical activity in the entire children population. However, further research needs to explore the most effective strategies to prevent and treat obesity.

"Already in early childhood, overweight and obesity are associated with the risk factors for the development of cardiovascular diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol levels," they added.

The findings were presented at European Society of Cardiology.

Source: ANI
ARU
Advertisement

Advertisement
News A-Z
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
What's New on Medindia
World Heart Day in 2022- Use Heart for Every Heart
Anemia among Indian Women and Children Remains a Cause of Concern- National Family Health Survey-5
H1N1 Influenza Prevention in Children: What Parents Need to Know
View all
Recommended Reading
News Archive
Date
Category
Advertisement
News Category

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

More News on:
Height and Weight-Kids Ideal Body Weight Heart Healthy Heart Statins Mitral Valve Prolapse Aortic Valve Stenosis Childhood Obesity Battle of the Bulge Pericarditis 

Most Popular on Medindia

Sinopril (2mg) (Lacidipine) Find a Hospital Sanatogen Drug Side Effects Calculator Iron Intake Calculator Hearing Loss Calculator How to Reduce School Bag Weight - Simple Tips Blood Donation - Recipients Pregnancy Confirmation Calculator Post-Nasal Drip
This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use
×

Overweight Kids Show Early Signs Of Heart Disease, Warn Researchers Personalised Printable Document (PDF)

Please complete this form and we'll send you a personalised information that is requested

You may use this for your own reference or forward it to your friends.

Please use the information prudently. If you are not a medical doctor please remember to consult your healthcare provider as this information is not a substitute for professional advice.

Name *

Email Address *

Country *

Areas of Interests