Tuesday, May 22, 2012
We certainly know that cardiovascular risk factors in adults increase with increasing weight or body mass index (BMI) — but what about adolescents? Do they have the same increasing prevalence of risk factors with increased weight even at a younger age? May et al. (doi: 10.1542/peds.2011-1082), using data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey involving more than 3,000 teens between 12 and 19-years-old, share with us changes in cardiovascular risk prevalence by weight category over 10 years in their report being early-released this week. While internists are thought to be the ones that carry the burden of dealing with cardiovascular disease, this article is a wake-up call summoning all of us to do as much as we can to attack these risk factors before they affect the hearts of our patients in the years ahead.
Posted by Dr. Lewis R. First at 12:01 AM