Study: Use Waistline to Predict Teens' Heart Risk
Written by Andrea Maxim, Naturopathic Doctor
Measuring waist-to-height ratio may predict risk factors for heart disease in teen study group. In this study, obese 14- to 15-year olds were observed and found that those teens with a larger waist-to-height ratio had a higher total cholesterol levels, higher blood pressures and higher overall cardiometabolic risk. While these markers are not diagnostic, they are important clinical markers for families and physicians to follow.
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Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine
Khoury M, et al "Role of waist measures in characterizing the lipid and blood pressure assessment of adolescents classified by body mass index" Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med 2012; DOI: 10.1001/archpediatrics.2012.126.