Diet at the age of three determines risk of Heart Diseases

By  , Daily Mail
Jun 20, 2013

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Little girl eating strawberryNow a new study reveals that your diet at the age of three could in fact determine your risk of heart disease as an adult. If the child has had an unhealthy diet from an early age then you can actually notice tell-tale signs of cholesterol in children aged three to five.

The researchers from St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto have said that this study shows how interventions to protect one’s health could start much earlier.

The study was conducted on 1,076 preschool children and they studied the link between their eating habits and serum levels of non-high-density lipoprotein which is the HDL cholesterol, a marker of later cardiovascular risk.

Dr. Navindra Persaud said, 'Our results show that associations between eating behaviours and cardiovascular risk appear early in life and may be a potential target for early intervention, eating behaviours as reported by parents were positively associated with serum non-HDL cholesterol levels in children aged three to five.

'The association between the eating behaviours subscore and serum non-HDL cholesterol persisted after controlling for age, sex, birth weight, parental BMI, gestational diabetes and parental ethnicity.'

The findings were published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

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