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Researchers Discover Simple Test For Determining Hardening Of The Arteries In Children

April 29, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Researchers have discovered a simple formula and blood test that can accurately determine arterial health. In a study at a U.S. hospital, the ratio of triglycerides – a component of cholesterol – to HDL (good cholesterol) was calculated in 900 children and young adults. Researchers found that the higher the ratio, the more likely a person would have stiff and damaged arteries. When hardening of the arteries is detected in children, it can be a sign of "accelerated aging," which increases the risk of “dangerous outcomes” -- stroke, heart attack, etc. -- much earlier in adult life than normally expected. The researchers said the problem can be reversed in children with changes in diet, including reduced intake of sugary beverages and carbohydrate-rich foods.
Ron Winslow, "Children on Track for a Heart Attack", The Wall Street Journal, April 29, 2013, © Dow Jones & Company, Inc
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