Obesity, diabetes to thwart cardiovascular improvements

May 3rd, 2012 by MorganDowney Leave a reply »

Huffman and colleagues looked at the American Health Association’s Strategic Impact Goals target of a 20% relative improvement in overall cardiovascular health. They looked at 35,000 cardiovascular disease-free adults in the NHANES surveys from 1999 to 2008. They found that the prevalence of smoking, hypercholesterolemia and hypertension declined, whereas the prevalence of obesity and dysglycemia increased through 2008. Projections to 2020 suggest that obesity and impaired fasting glucose/diabetes could increase to affect 43% and 77% of US men and 42% and 53% of US women. Overall, population level cardiovascular health is projected to improve only 6% overall, far below the AHA 20% target. PubMed: Cardiovascular Health Behaviors Changes and Projections


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