Overweight and Obese Adolescents at Higher Risk for Stroke in Early Adulthood

It’s no secret that obesity is beginning earlier in life than ever before. In fact, childhood obesity has more than tripled since the 1970s. Fast food, a sedentary lifestyle, and the farming methods and processing that brings our food to the table are all contributing factors. Sadly, the earlier obesity develops, the harder it becomes to achieve a healthy, stable body weight.

Why does this matter? Among a multitude of complications, a heavier body weight in childhood appears to increase the risk for high blood pressure in young adulthood. High blood pressure is major risk factor for stroke, and sadly this devastating and often life-changing condition is on the rise in younger adults. A Swedish study published last year in JAMA Neurology reported that those young men who became overweight or obese around the time of puberty were 80 percent more likely to suffer a stroke compared to young men of normal weight.

The good news is that the risk can be reversed simply by losing weight.The same study found that if a normal weight is achieved by age 20, the risk appears to drop back to normal.

As I discussed with U.S. News and World Report reporter Don Rauf: “Kids are very resilient, and when problems are addressed at an early age, we can often avoid long-term consequences. In adulthood, that is less likely, as it is harder to reverse the consequences of an unhealthy lifestyle.

“This study gives strong credence to the argument that we need to fight for healthier meals and more physical activity for our kids, both at home and at school.”

To learn more, check out the link to the article below.

 

Source: Heavy Teens May Be Setting Themselves Up for a Stroke | Health Care | US News

Losing Weight Made Easier

This is the time of year that our thoughts often turn to love— and weight loss! If only there was an easy way to make it all happen. While I can’t claim to know much about matters of the romantic heart, as a cardiologist, I can definitely help you with your physical heart.

A recent article appearing in the international Friday Magazine offers some sneaky ways to trick yourself into losing weight. I was excited to be asked to contribute my thoughts on the topic, along with my DASH Diet for Dummies co-author, Rosanne Rust. As I told writer Gail Shortland, “women [and men] have so many competing demands on their time and energy that a quick fix is often the most appealing solution….While there are no quick fixes, sometimes it helps to trick the brain into believing we’re getting what we crave. Using a smaller plate can make it look like there is more food, easily cutting a couple hundred calories off of a meal. And since the sense of fullness often doesn’t kick in for a good 30 minutes after eating, using chopsticks can help, by extending the amount of time it takes to finish a meal.”

Gail goes on to offer some rather unique tips that might actually help, including sleeping in the buff and eating with the “wrong” hand. Check out her article for a fun take on a problem that plagues so many of us as we start to shed our wooly winter layers.

he truth is that it’s much easier to gain weight than it is to lose it. Even a pound of weight loss can seem like 
a daunting task.” – See more at: http://fridaymagazine.ae/features/health/how-to-lose-weight-with-zero-effort-1.1479522#sthash.XjONFnSL.dpuf
“The truth is that it’s much easier to gain weight than it is to lose it. Even a pound of weight loss can seem like 
a daunting task.” – See more at: http://fridaymagazine.ae/features/health/how-to-lose-weight-with-zero-effort-1.1479522#sthash.XjONFnSL.dpuf
“The truth is that it’s much easier to gain weight than it is to lose it. Even a pound of weight loss can seem like 
a daunting task.” – See more at: http://fridaymagazine.ae/features/health/how-to-lose-weight-with-zero-effort-1.1479522#sthash.XjONFnSL.dpuf
“The truth is that it’s much easier to gain weight than it is to lose it. Even a pound of weight loss can seem like 
a daunting task.” – See more at: http://fridaymagazine.ae/features/health/how-to-lose-weight-with-zero-effort-1.1479522#sthash.XjONFnSL.dpuf
“The truth is that it’s much easier to gain weight than it is to lose it. Even a pound of weight loss can seem like 
a daunting task.” – See more at: http://fridaymagazine.ae/features/health/how-to-lose-weight-with-zero-effort-1.1479522#sthash.XjONFnSL.dpuf

How to lose weight with zero effort – Fridaymagazine.ae.

Cheeseburgers and Cigarettes Harm Brain Health

Risk factors for heart disease, including diabetes,  tobacco, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and obesity can also reduce normal brain function and memory. A recent study from The Netherlands found that the more risk factors an individual has, the more poorly he or she performed on tests of memory, reasoning, and planning. The test subjects ranged in age from 35-82. Those with the greatest number of risk factors performed 50 percent worse on testing compared to those without risk factors.

Diabetes and tobacco use were associated with the greatest amount of harm. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes, and more than 90% of cases can be prevented with exercise, weight loss, and diet. As I told DailyRx, “we need to get rid of the notion that we can
play catch-up on our health later in life and all will turn out well in the end. This is a loud and clear wake up call to take control of our health and well-being today.”

What’s Bad for Heart Is Bad for Brain | dailyRx.