September 17, 2012

Mostly Not from the Shaker

1 Kids Get Too Much Salt, Risk Hypertension

A study of 6,200 American children aged 8 to 18 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found that those who consume the most salt in their daily diet are twice as likely to have either high or elevated blood pressure than those eating less of it, and in the case of overweight or obese kids, the high salt eaters are three times as likely as the less salty. The health implications are not pleasant, since U.S. kids are now ingesting an average of 3,300 milligrams of sodium per day, the same amount as adults, and a full 1,000 more than the recommended daily amount for children or adults. That excess is equal to about one half teaspoon of pure salt. Leading sources of salt are breads and rolls, cold cuts and cured meats, pizza, poultry products, and soups.

More at Sltrib.com | Posted 5 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Tags: Childhood Hypertension, Children and Sodium, Children and Salt, Children and High Blood Pressure, High Blood Pressure and Diet

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Surpasses Heart Disease

2 Cancer Leading Cause of Death among Hispanics

The American Cancer Society has announced that cancer has surpassed heart disease as the leading cause of death among Hispanics in the United States. The report states that in 2012, an estimated 112,800 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed. Hispanics have a higher incidence, in particular, of cancers of the stomach, liver, uterus and cervix, and gallbladder. Unfortunately, the ACS says that Hispanic deaths are on the rise in part because this population is often diagnosed at a more advanced state of disease than in non-Hispanic groups. The agency recommends strategies such as interventions for tobacco use, obesity and alcohol consumption to help reduce cancer risk. Rebecca Siegel MPH, lead author, also suggests improving access to medical services, especially in underserved communities.

More at EurekAlert | Posted 5 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Men Are More Likely to Die from Cancer

Tags: Cancer, Cancer Death Rates

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Play Less, Eat More

3 Only Children at Greater Risk of Obesity

According to a new European study, children who grow up without siblings are at a fifty percent greater risk of being overweight or obese than those children who have brothers and sisters. The research is based on the responses from a parent questionnaire included in the Dietary and Lifestyle-Induced Health Effects in Children and Infants Study which included data from 12,700 children aged 2 to 9. Monica Hunsberger, a researcher from the University of Gothenburg, says that only children are less likely to play outside, often liven in households with lower levels of education and are more likely to have televisions in their bedrooms. According to the CDC, childhood obesity in the United States has more than tripled in the past thirty years.

More at Science Daily | Posted 5 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Extreme Obesity Becomes More Prevalent in Children

Tags: Childhood Obesity, Childhood Obesity Causes

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