Monday, May 5, 2008

Low Physical Activity Puts Children at Risk for Early Metabolic Syndrome

Physical inactivity can put people at increased risk for heart disease -- even young children. A new study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has found that 7- to 10-year-olds with low aerobic fitness levels are five to six times more likely to show the signs of metabolic syndrome as teenagers.Metabolic syndrome, a cluster of disorders including hypertension, glucose intolerance, and high cholesterol, is more commonly found in adults and puts people at increased risk for conditions such as diabetes and heart disease.
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