Thursday, March 4, 2004 news tips

4:30 p.m. PST Abstract #P47 Diet, physical activity quickly show benefits for 9- to 16-year-olds. A tried-and-true formula may work best to fight the alarming epidemic of adolescent obesity, which increases risk of future heart disease, hypertension and diabetes. In a small study, a low-fat, high-fiber diet coupled with moderate intensity physical activity brought "significant" reductions in weight and blood cholesterol levels during an experimental program for 18 youths ages 9 to 16. They enrolled in six- or 13-day interventions that included a low-fat diet of 15-20 percent of calories from fat, more than 40 grams of fiber and less than 1600 milligrams of sodium. They also engaged in 2 to 2 hours of moderate physical activity daily. Results: a 3 percent weight loss and 2.9 percent reduction in body mass index; 26 percent drop in total blood cholesterol, 31 percent decline in "bad" LDL cholesterol, a 24 percent drop in total cholesterol/HDL cholesterol ratios, and no significant change in "good" HDL cholesterol.

4:30 p.m. PST Abstract #P53 Few female patients meeting CHD secondary prevention goals. A new study of women who have been hospitalized for coronary heart disease (CHD) has found a "substantial lack of adherence" to lifestyle goals intended to prevent a second heart disease event, especially among minorities and young women. Researchers analyzed data on 304 women, average age 62, treated at three medical centers. Four lifestyle goals were measured: non-smoking status, body mass index (BMI) of 18.5-24.9 kg/m2, waist circumference less than 35 inches, and exercise at least 3 days a week for 30 minutes a day. Only 4 percent of the women studied met all four goals. The proportion of women who met each goal was: 82 percent were non-smokers; 22 percent were at waist goal; 19 percent were at exercise goal; and 17 percent were at BMI goal. Women age 65 or older were more likely to be non-smokers and to meet the BMI goal. Min

Contact: Carole Bullock
American Heart Association

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