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Heart disease risk may be predicted by wrist size

from Los Angeles Times

Heart disease is the leading killer of adults in the United States, and the path to heart problems begins in childhood. But physicians don't have an accurate way to assess which children, even the overweight ones, will be most at risk for developing heart disease. Now researchers suggest a new method: measuring wrist circumference. Here's the logic and the current way it's used: Many factors in childhood can raise the risk for future heart disease. Obesity is a big one. So is insulin resistance, in which the body has trouble lowering blood sugar. But traditional ways of measuring a child's body fat — checking waist size or calculating body mass index using weight and height — haven't been reliable in assessing heart disease risk. That's because children often carry baby fat that disappears during puberty. more


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