Children’s eating habits determines risk of heart disease later in life

20 June 2013

What you ate at the age of three could determine your risk of heart problems, according to new health research. The study, conducted by experts from St Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, found that the effects of unhealthy eating at a young age could be profound - affecting an individual’s cardiac health and cholesterol levels. To combat this, switch to a diet rich in fruit, vegetables, whole grains and fish rather than consuming red meat and high fat, high salt options.

Although previous studies have revealed links between adolescents’ diets and health in adulthood, this is the first study that has examined the long-term effects of preschoolers’ eating habits.

Researcher Dr Navindra Persaud added: 'Our results show that associations between eating behaviours and cardiovascular risk appear early in life and may be a potential target for early intervention.”

To assess your risk of heart problems, a self-pay cholesterol level test will determine whether you need to take preventative action.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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