Indian Pediatricians Should be Alert to Childhood CV Risk Factors

Key Point: The most important action Indian pediatricians can take in helping their patients avoid early CV risk factors is to promote a healthy lifestyle. This includes promoting and encouraging physical activity and stressing a nutritious diet to avoid childhood obesity.

In an effort to curb the development of pediatric cardiovascular (CV) risk factors, a recent paper in the Indian Journal of Pediatrics presents the most important risk factors for the early development of CV disease:

  • Prenatal risk factors, including maternal adiposity and prenatal malnutrition;
  • Childhood obesity, a growing trend in India;
  • Unhealthy diet, an increasing trend in India as traditional foods become replaced with processed foods;
  • Physical inactivity;
  • Tobacco use, with addiction starting at an early age in India; and...

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