The American heart Association states that unless a major change in the cultural and social lifestyle occurs in the US, the cardiovascular health of them does not have a good sign. Study of the association shows that the total amount of youths who have a perfect diet score id astonishingly less than 1%. This study was conducted on a mass of more than 33 million youths of US who were in the adolescence. None of the participants had an ideal score in all the levels of cardiovascular health components. There are seven components in the cardiovascular heath elements. It was counted that less than half of the total number of participants had an ideal point in five or more elements of cardiovascular health.
The lead author of the study conducted, Christina M Shay, says that the not so good news is that an astonishing amount of children in between the age of 12-19 have presently a low level of dietary intake. They are also do not have the adequate level of physical activity that is required to maintain the cardiovascular health of a person. These unsatisfactory health and lifestyle has led to a rise in the level of blood glucose, cholesterol and blood pressure in the affected children.
The good news is that it can be changed. If the lifestyle and food habits of the affected youths can be changed, the risk factor can be minimized. In short, it’s not too late yet. The seven health components that the cardiovascular study compromise of, no smoking, BMI or the body mass index, physical activity, dietary intake, blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol. The levels score as a poor score as 0, intermediate score as 1 and ideal score as 2.
The study was conducted with the participants consisting of equal male and female. Among the total participants, about two thirds of the amount were found out to have an ideal no smoking score. That is to be precise, 67% females and 66% males had ideal no smoking score. Also two third of the participants had an ideal BMI as well. That is 65% female and 66% male had an ideal BMIscore. Among all the seven health components, the blood pressure was found out to be the most favourable health factor of all. It was found that 90% of females and 78% of males and ideal blood pressure level.
Although most of the children born in the United States have a healthy state of cardiovascular health, they are losing this important aspect much earlier in life than expected. This is mostly due to the health and lifestyle of the children. The changes must be implemented in a clinical setting as fast as possible to prevent this from happening.
These necessary changes must be implemented fast with the concern of their parents, health professionals, educators and legislators for the promotion of a healthy lifestyle in the US.
The study also revealed that among the total number of participants, the female participants were found to have an ideal blood glucose level than the male participants. The direction in which the lifestyle is going, it is not hard to estimate what it will be in future.