Predicting Which Kids Will Get Heart Disease and Diabetes
You have almost certainly heard the old joke – if I’d known I was going to live this long, I would have taken care of myself. Now, doctors at the University of Virginia have proved a test that can tell and guess which children are most likely to increase heart disease or diabetes. Sandy Hausman has that story.
Dr. Mark DeBoer and his colleagues at the University of Virginia Medical Center say
It’s probable to know in which kids heart disease and diabetes will increase by looking at five medical measures.
Every year, more than 600,000 people die from heart disease in this country, and type II diabetes frequently precedes cardiovascular dilemmas. Now, a team led by Dr. Mark DeBoer, a pediatric endocrinologist at the University of Virginia, says it’s probable to know in which kids’ heart disease and diabetes will increase by looking at five medical measures.
The calculation involves five situations that, jointly, comprise something called metabolic syndrome.
Dr. Mark DeBoer says it’s probable to know in which kids’ heart disease and diabetes will increase, based on five factors in their medical record.
“Things like a high body mass index, a high fasting glucose, high fasting triglycerides, low HDL cholesterol – that’s the good cholesterol – and high blood pressure.”
“The roots of type II diabetes and cardiovascular disease start in childhood in many individuals, and by identifying children who are at risk, we can start turning this around while there’s still more time to be able to make the changes.”
“Getting more sleep is important in being able to avoid unhealthy weight gain. Watching less television or having less sedentary time when you’re not moving at all.”
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