Some startling findings about kids and heart disease.
Heart disease is normally associated with middle age, but according to research, early warning signs have been detected in children between the ages of two and 12.
According to the BBC, two-thirds of the children in a recent Dutch study had a least one early symptom, such as high blood pressure.
Researchers at the VU University Medical Centre in Amsterdam looked at warning signs of heart disease in the severely obese children.
"Remarkably, 62% of severely obese children under 12 years of age already had one or more cardiovascular risk factors," the study concluded.
More than half had high blood pressure, and there were also cases of low "good cholesterol" and high blood sugar, which can result in Type 2 diabetes.
The researchers said this "may lead to cardiovascular disease in young adulthood".
Doireann Maddock, of the British Heart Foundation, says: “This is a problem that can be addressed by stopping young people becoming overweight and obese in the first place.”
"Highlighting the importance of healthy eating and physical activity from an early age will help protect the heart health of future generations."
If your child is overweight or headed toward obesity, your family doctor or pediatrician can suggest some practical, workable strategies can get the whole family on the road to better health.
I’m Bill Maier for WBCL.