Children with diabetes exhibit heart disease symptoms

Fri, 18 Aug 2006
Diabetes, particularly amongst children and young adults, can often lead to risk factors for a number of complications. According to a new study, CVD (Cardiovascular disease) symptoms are more common in this group.

According to one expert from the study, Dr. Beatriz L. Rodriguez of the University of Hawaii in Honolulu : "This research emphasizes the importance of prevention, recognition, treatment and control of these risk factors. The prevalence of CVD risk factors was higher among ethnic minorities."

The study utilised data from over 2,000 children and adolescents, investigating the presence of CVD risk factors amongst a multiracial population. CVD risk factors are closely associated with metabolic syndrome, and include high cholesterol, triglycerides, blood pressure and increased circumference of the waist.

Racial and ethnic minority groups faced a higher prevalence of two or more CVD risk factors when compared with non-Hispanic whites. Native Americans had the highest prevalence, according to study authors, followed by Pacific Islanders, Hispanics and African Americans.

Dr. Rodriguez summarised: "Underlying causes of the metabolic syndrome, such as obesity and physical inactivity, should be addressed."
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