Saturday, January 23, 2010

20% of Teenagers Already At Risk of Heart Disease

"Forget mistakes. Forget failure. Forget everything except what you're going to do now and do it. Today is your lucky day."
- Will Durant

That may be true, but it is each of our decisions in great part.

And even if we have given up on ourselves, what about our children?

A risk of heart disease in one-fifth of U.S. teenagers was identified through tests of lipids in the blood, showing the importance of diet, exercise and screening, according to U.S. researchers.

Obese children were at the highest danger of abnormal levels, with 43 percent testing outside the recommended ranges, according to today’s report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. The results were based on blood tests taken from 3,125 children ages 12 through 19 from 1999 to 2006.

Even if some are willing to give up on themselves, I know few who are willing to write off their own children.

It is time to step up, time to be an example.

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