Kids born to overweight moms may face higher heart risks as adults

December 3, 2014

By Dennis Thompson Overweight or obese women who get pregnant are much more likely to have a child who suffers from heart disease as an adult, new research suggests. But it looks like environment may play a greater role than genetics in that trend, the researchers added.

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A third of school-age kids may have risky cholesterol levels

May 28, 2014

By Linda Poon Of all the things parents worry about when it comes to their children’s health, high cholesterol probably isn’t very high on the list. But roughly one in three primary school kids may already have borderline-high or high cholesterol, according to a large study to be presented this week at a meeting of […]

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Higher blood pressure at 18 means hardening arteries at 40

February 26, 2014

By Maanvi Singh Young people in their teens and early 20s probably aren’t thinking about heart disease. But maybe it’s time they did. People who have slightly higher blood pressure when they’re ages 18 to 25 are more likely to have high blood pressure and hardening of the arteries in their 40s, a study says. […]

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Elevated blood pressure increasing among children

July 18, 2013

By Monte Morin The risk of elevated blood pressure among children and teens has risen 27 percent over a 13-year period, and is probably caused by over-consumption of salt and rising obesity, according to a new study. In a paper published July 14 in Hypertension, a journal of the American Heart Association (AHA), researchers examined health and […]

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Type 2 diabetes progresses faster in kids, study finds

June 4, 2013

By Serena Gordon Type 2 diabetes is more aggressive in children than adults, with signs of serious complications seen just a few years after diagnosis, new research finds. “Based on the latest results, it seems like type 2 is progressing more rapidly in children,” said Dr. Jane Chiang, senior vice president of medical affairs and […]

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Children on track for a heart attack

May 8, 2013

Do you know how old your kids’ arteries are? It’s a potentially important question as scientists increasingly uncover links between healthy habits in childhood and risk for heart disease later in life. And there are growing concerns about the cardiovascular health of millions of children in the United States who are considered obese or overweight. […]

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