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Emory Researchers Making Strides to Combat Childhood Obesity

Childhood Obesity & the HeartResearchers at Emory’s Heart & Vascular Center are taking strides to combat childhood obesity by being at the forefront of the formation of the Global Coalition to Combat Cardio – Metabolic Syndrome. This is a group of public health officials and medical experts from around the world led by Emory Heart & Vascular Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Omar Lattouf, MD, PhD.

Cardio-metabolic syndrome (CMS) is a cluster of diseases and risk factors—including high blood pressure, high blood sugar, unhealthy cholesterol levels and abdominal fat—that puts a person at higher risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke. The underlying causes are obesity, being overweight, physical inactivity and genetic factors.

The coalition will initially focus on an educational campaign to combat childhood obesity. Lattouf outlined plans to bring lessons about nutrition, exercise and the health hazards associated with obesity into Georgia classrooms.

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Heart Disease: Learning the Facts and Risk Factors

Many people may not be aware of the fact that heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the US. It’s estimated that heart disease will cost the US $316.4 billion in 2010—a figure that includes the costs of health care, medication, and lost productivity.

One of the most promising treatments for heart disease is prevention. Having a sound strategy for combating heart disease will also ward off other chronic diseases such as diabetes, certain cancers, osteoporosis and ongoing lower back pain. Even if you have the unhealthiest of habits, scientists state that the body’s remarkable ability to heal allows you to avoid future illnesses through lifestyle changes.

Heart healthy facts:

Exercise and diet are crucial components in avoiding heart disease. Here are some heart healthy facts that you may not be aware of:

–  Consuming eight ounces of fish on a weekly basis can potentially cut the risk of stroke in half.

–  Being 30 pounds or more over your ideal weight significantly increases your chance of having heart disease and other chronic illnesses.

–  Once you quit smoking, your blood vessels and coronary tissues will respond quickly, and your risk of heart disease will drop.

–  Even small changes, such as increasing your intake of fruits and vegetables and exercising more can improve your health and reduce risk.

–  Dark chocolate (in moderation) contains a rich source of substances known as antioxidants that can combat heart disease.

Heart Disease Risk Factors:

Studies have shown that nine out of ten patients suffering from heart disease have at least one of the following risk factors:

–  High blood pressure

–  High cholesterol

–  Cigarette Smoking

–  Physical Inactivity

–  Alcohol Use

–  Overweight/Obesity

–  Diabetes

–  Poor diet and nutrition

Do you have questions about the risk factors of heart disease? If so, I’m happy to address them in the comments.

About Jefferson Baer, MD, MPH:

Dr. Baer, the Director of Preventative Cardiology at Emory University Hospital Midtown, specializes in preventive cardiology. His areas of clinical interest include cholesterol metabolism, novel cardiovascular risk factors, and novel methods for the detection of coronary disease. Dr. Baer has been published in The American Journal of Cardiology , The Journal of Clinical Lipidolog, Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine and the Journal of Infectious Diseases.