Health Alert 8-3-12

By: Gina Pitisci Email
By: Gina Pitisci Email

August 3, 2012 - New research finds two out of three very obese children already have at least one risk factor for heart disease. Researchers in the Netherlands looked at 500 very obese children ages 2 to 18 over several years. The definition of severe obesity starts at a body mass index or BMI of 20.5 for a 2 year old, at 31 for a 12 year old, and at 35 for an 18 year old. They found more than half had high blood pressure and more than half had high levels of the so-called bad cholesterol. Nearly one in three severely obese children came from one parent families.
Also, vitamins C, E and Selenium could help reduce the risk of getting pancreatic cancer. A new study says the anti-oxidants may cut the risk up to two thirds. Pancreatic cancer kills more than a 250 thousand people worldwide every year. Researchers say the antioxidant supplements may neutralize cancer-causing compounds and help stimulate the body's immune system.

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