Childhood obesity can cause arteries to become stiff during adolescence

The cardiovascular risk factors like obesity, high blood pressure, LDL cholesterol and insulin are linked to arterial distensibility in adulthood.
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India TV Lifestyle Desk New Delhi 01 Jul 2017, 06:33 PM IST

Obesity is something which should be taken very seriously by now. If your kid lies on the overweight side, then it’s time to do something about his extra kilos. A recent study has found that high blood pressure in overweight kids can cause constrictions in their arteries in adolescence. The cardiovascular risk factors like obesity, high blood pressure, LDL cholesterol and insulin are linked to arterial distensibility in adulthood. Arterial distensibility decreases as we grow older, this causes stiffness in arteries. 

Arterial stiffness is associated with the endpoints of cardiovascular diseases, such as stroke, heart attack and cardiac death.The stiffness of arteries influences how hard the heart has to work to pump blood through the body.The results of the study can be utilised by concentrating the primordial prevention of cardiovascular diseases more actively on children and youth when trying to improve cardiovascular health throughout life.

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The longitudinal study on children and adolescents conducted by the Research Centre of Applied and Preventive Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Turku, Finland, is unique worldwide.Cardiovascular risk factors, such high blood pressure, affect arterial stiffness in adulthood. The association of these risk factors with arterial elasticity from childhood to early adulthood has not been previously studied.

The team at the University of Turku in Finland initially followed over 1,000 children for 27 years.Their cardiovascular risk factors have been repeatedly measured from childhood to adulthood. The elasticity of the research subjects' arteries was measured with ultrasonography in the age of 11-19.The findings revealed that overweight, high blood pressure, LDL cholesterol and insulin resistance measured in childhood and adolescence are linked with arterial distensibility already at young age.

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"Overweight, high blood pressure and LDL cholesterol can be influenced, for example, by promoting a healthy way of life," said Doctoral Candidate Hanna Mikola. 

Being obese, having high blood pressure and having LDL cholesterol can be associated with arterial stiffness during adulthood. 

(With ANI Inputs) 

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