Thursday, October 29, 2009

For Some Of Canada's Teens Puberty Is A Gateway To Heart Disease

“A seven-year ongoing study examining over 20,000 Canadian grade 9 students shows most already have at least one major risk factor for heart disease and stroke, Dr. Brian McCrindle told the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress 2009, co-hosted by the Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Canadian Cardiovascular Society. ‘It is shocking that one in five 14 and 15 year olds has high blood pressure,’ says Heart and Stroke Foundation spokesperson Dr. Beth Abramson. ‘What does this say for the future health of these young teens? They are at risk of developing long-term health effects such as premature heart disease and type 2 diabetes.’ ‘With changing technologies, we to need to exercise our bodies more than our brains,’ she says. ‘Over 50 per cent of Canadian children between the ages of five and 17 aren't active enough to support optimal health and development - and over a quarter of our children and youth are overweight or obese.’...

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