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Heart Health in Future Foretold in Teens

Heart Health in Future Foretold in Teens | Heart diseases and Heart Conditions | Scoop.it
Many U.S. adolescents are already on their way to increased cardiovascular risk in adulthood, researchers found.

Roughly half of about 5,000 study participants ages 12 to 19 (54.7% of males and 50.5% of females) met "ideal" standards for fewer than five of the seven variables developed by the American Heart Association to define cardiovascular health, according to Christina Shay, PhD, of the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City, and colleagues.

And 0% met all seven variables including not smoking and having low total cholesterol, the researchers reported online in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.


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Seth Bilazarian, MD's curator insight, April 5, 2013 3:30 PM

Will this be the first generation that has worse health than the prior generation?  It is amazing that 0% of the surveyed teens met all the ideal seven variables:

Cardiovascular health among adolescents is defined using the ideal state of seven variables:

Smoking status (never smoked)Body mass index (BMI below the 85th percentile)Dietary intake (consumption of healthy levels of at least four of the following: vegetables, fish, whole grains, sodium, and added sugar in sugar-sweetened beverages)Physical activity (at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity a day)Blood pressure (below the 90th percentile)Blood glucose (less than 100 mg/dLTotal cholesterol (less than 170 mg/dL)

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Vitamins Herbal & Natural - A Cardiologists Perspective

Pentucket Medical cardiologists Seth Bilazarian and Sunny Srivastava discuss vitamins and dietary supplements as alternative, complimentary and natural therapies.

Patients often think doctors are "against" the use of vitamin or herbal therapies.  I try to explain on our community program "Matters of the Heart"  the doctors viewpoint on Vitamin supplements - cautions and recommendations.  I speak about Vitamin D deficiency and its treatment.

Because its a VItamin or because it says its natural doesn't mean its good.


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