Monday, May 12, 2008

Study Confirms Childhood, Adolescent Obesity Influence Cardiac Health

“A new study has confirmed that childhood and adolescent obesity negatively impacts vascular endothelial function, which in turn is linked to cardiac health. It is a widely known fact that healthy endothelium (a single cell layer that lines all blood vessels) is vital in maintaining vascular health. The study was aimed to investigate the relationship between body mass index (BMI) and endothelial function measured via VOP in 76 children and adolescents with ages ranging from 9 to 18. ‘My colleagues in the Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s and I found that regardless of age, race or sex, obesity in children and adolescents negatively impacts their endothelial function. Considering the connection between endothelial function and heart disease, this information is alarming given the high prevalence of childhood and adolescent obesity in our country,’ said Judith Groner, MD, a pediatrician in Ambulatory Pediatricsat Nationwide Children’s Hospital and a faculty member of The Ohio State University College of Medicine.”

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