Surprising Trends in Cardiometabolic Risk Factors in American Adoelscents over the Last Decade.

posted 5 Apr 2012, 05:07 by Damian Wood   [ updated 13 Oct 2012, 11:07 ]
The report by Okosun et al from data derived from two US National Health and Nutrition Examinations Surveys (NHANES) over the last decade shows an overall reduction cardiometabolic risk factors but some contradictory trends with increasing waist circumference, fasting blood glucose and HDL cholesterol but reductions in LDL cholesterol, triglycerides and blood pressure. There is much still to learn about the clustering of cardiometabolic risk factors (the metabolic syndrome) in young people and how these risk factors relate to current and future health however this research is crticial if we are to target resources at interventions which may prevent or reverse cardiovascular disease in it's early stages. Otherwise the burden and cost of the obesity epidemic may be too much for even the largest economies to bear.
Journal of Adolescent Health 2012;50;132-139