Obesity in children can lead to cardiovascular diseases: Study

Obesity can cause heart-related problems in those as young as aged 17 years.

By: IANS | Copenhagen | Published: May 28, 2017 6:40 pm
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Higher than normal body mass index (BMI) is known to cause cardiovascular diseases in mid-to-late life, but a new research has revealed a higher BMI can cause worse cardiovascular health even in those aged as young as 17.

The researchers from University of Bristol, UK, hypothesised that cardiovascular risk due to increased BMI was likely to emerge in earlier life.

“Our results showed that the causal impact of higher BMI on cardiac output was solely driven by the volume of blood pumped by the left ventricle. This, at least in part, can explain the causal effect of higher BMI on cardiac hypertrophy and higher blood pressure that we observed in all our analyses,” said Kaitlin Wade, a research associate at the University of Bristol.

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The scientists demonstrated that obesity also caused poorer cardiovascular health in young adults. In contrast, higher BMI did not seem to affect heart rate in this group.

The results support efforts to tackle the obesity epidemic from an early age in order to prevent the development of cardiovascular changes known to be precursors of cardiovascular ill-health and disease.

“We believe that there are clear messages for cardiovascular health in our findings and we hope that they may lead to increased efforts to tackle obesity from early life,” Wade noted in a paper presented to the annual conference of the European Society of Human Genetics.

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  1. Thelma Thiel
    May 29, 2017 at 8:58 pm
    The Missing Link in dea with obesity is educating children in schools about WHY and HOW to protect their miraculous life sustaining liver. Unfortunately, most teachers are uninformed themselves as well as parents.. contributing to the development of liver related illnesses including obesity, fatty liver, diabetes, high c sterol and drug and alcohol misuse and abuse.. . that are preventable. Food is the fuel their liver needs to perform mini chemical miracles converting it into hundreds of essential life supporting body functions 24/7. Excess carbs, sugar and fats can clog up the process causing the liver to slow down and eventually shut down. This happens without warning as the liver is a non complaining organ. A protruding belly or derriere is a warning that your liver is strugg to handle what you are feeding it and dumping the excess fats throughout your body, The choice is yours.