Diet and exercise can have an immediate impact on improving cholesterol levels and biomarkers linked to heart disease in children, suggests a study released last month at the American Heart Association’s national conference.
Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles, studied 20 children, most of them about 13 years old, during a two-week nutritional program at the Pritikin Longevity Center and Spa, a health resort in Aventura, Fla.
The researchers found that after the two-week period of exercising and eating healthier foods, participants saw a 21 percent average decrease in their cholesterol levels. Insulin levels declined by 30 percent, and C-reactive proteins and oxidative stress, which indicate artery inflammation that can lead to artery blockages, decreased by 41 percent and 90 percent, respectively.
Vol. 24, Issue 36, Page 12Published in Print: May 11, 2005, as Healthy Hearts