Many young adults may have undetected atherosclerosis

 

In my book, SuperSized Kids: How to protect your child from the obesity threat, I stunned many readers when I wrote, “In obese children, their vascular age generally is three decades older than their chronological age.” Because of this, childhood obesity lowers life expectancy from eight to twenty years!

Now additional data is supporting what I wrote.

HealthDay reports, “A new study warns that many young adults have undetected thickening of the arteries — or atherosclerosis,” according to a study presented at the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress in Vancouver.

Investigators “examined 84 young men and 84 young women, aged 18 to 35, with no known cardiovascular disease or risk factors such as diabetes, smoking, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol or family history of premature heart disease.”

The researchers found that while “the participants had none of these traditional risk factors for atherosclerosis.” Yet, nearly all were overweight or obese. Thus, “many had other signs of the condition such as greater waist circumference and dangerous visceral fat covering the internal organs within the abdomen and chest.”

If you have a child that is overweight or obese, order a copy of SuperSized Kids: How to protect your child from the obesity threat as soon as possible. It’s currently on sale here.

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