Watching TV in your teens? It would make you fat in your 40s!

 

Television viewing habits and leisure-time physical activity at the age of 16 independently predicted the metabolic syndrome at age 43, according to the first study to examine this.

 

More TV, less exercise, doubled metabolic syndrome! This means that these teens have  higher risk of getting obese, having higher triglyceride (type of bad fat), increased blood pressure and increased sugar levels when they reach their 40s!

 

In this study, 888 individuals were studied. Those who reported “watching several [TV] shows a day” at 16 were twice as likely to have the metabolic syndrome at age 43 than those who said they watched “one show/week” or less!

Similarly, those who noted leisure-time physical activity “several times per month” were more likely to have metabolic syndrome later in life than those who reported “daily” leisure-time physical activity in their teens!

 

TV viewing and less physical activity at age 16 years was linked to central obesity, low HDL cholesterol, and hypertension at age 43 years!

So switch off the Idiot box and go walking with your family! 

 

via Metabolic syndrome in 40s linked to TV, exercise, at age 16 | theheart.org.

How not to get High blood pressure (Hypertension)!

Individuals detected to have mildly elevated blood pressure may be able to maintain normal blood pressure for the next 15 years without any medications!

That’s what the HARVEST trial says. The data was presented at the 2013 International Conference on Prehypertension and Cardiometabolic Syndrome.

Young adults (1012 in number with a mean age of 33 years) were diagnosed with mildly elevated blood pressure (grade 1 hypertension). They were followed up for the next 15 years.

It was observed that  in 198 patients, the blood pressure fell to within normal range within the first few months and they managed to remain normotensive (normal blood pressure) over next 15 years.

The patients whose blood pressure fell and remained normal had a  slightly lower body-mass index (BMI), lower coffee consumption, lower triglycerides, and higher physical-activity levels than the ones in whom the blood pressure remained higher!

Again a trial highlighting the importance of body weight and exercise to avoid diseases like diabetes and blood pressure.

Fifteen years later, hypertension free!

That’s great! Isn’t it? So start walking and eat healthy!

via Remaining normotensive: Insights from HARVEST | theheart.org.