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Study: Overweight Teens Have Greater Risk Of Heart Disease As Adults

Being overweight or obese is not just about looks, as it also takes a major toll on health. New research has found obesity during the teen years poses health risks in adulthood, something to keep in mind for your whole family. Whether you recently started a Phentermine 37.5mg regimen to inspire your children or simply want to familiarize yourself with teen obesity and the health complications it creates, take a moment to learn about this study from the American Heart Association. The research was published in the organization’s journal Circulation.

The Study

Researchers looked at the weight, height, and overall fitness level of 1,668,893 Swedish men who enrolled in compulsory military service between 1969 and 2005. These men were 18 or 19 at the time of their enlisting. Researchers also used two other national databases that detailed the causes of hospitalizations and deaths in the Nordic country to determine the mens’ heart disease risk. They were followed for as many as 46 years.

"We were interested in studying cardiomyopathies, because heart failure caused by this historically uncommon disorder doubled in Sweden between 1987 and 2006," said Annika Rosengren, M.D., Ph.D. study co-author, professor of medicine at the University of Gothenburg and cardiologist at Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Gothenburg, Sweden.

BMI Over 35

The study found men with a Body Mass Index (BMI) over 35 in their teens were at the greatest risk of heart disease as adults. Whether these findings apply to women has yet to be determined since female military service is a relatively new concept. However, it is entirely possible that obese girls experience health problems as adults. More research is needed to determine the effect on women.

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