Wrist size could be a sign of heart problems for children

13th April 2011

The size of a child's wrist could act as an indicator for heart problems later in life, according to a recent study.

Researchers investigating the best way to assess whether or not an overweight child was at risk of cardiovascular disease later in life, found that wrist size was the best measure for prediction.

Just short of 500 overweight and obese children were given MRI scans to measure the excess fat on their wrists during the study, and it was discovered that the measurement showed a direct correlation to the level of insulin resistance, which can least to heart problems. The measurement was also taken with an ordinary tape measure.

Scientists who conducted the study at Sapienza University of Rome, in Italy, said that this indicator, if developed, could be of benefit in predicting heart problems in the future.

Further tests will now take place to determine how important the findings could be.

According to figures from the Department of Health, more than a quarter of children in the UK are classed as overweight or obese.

1. Capizzi, Mario, et al." Wrist Circumference Is a Clinical Marker of Insulin Resistance in Overweight and Obese Children and Adolescents." Circulation. 11th April 2011.

Posted by Jeanette Royston
 

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