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If children eat wrong, heart malformations can occur
Improper childhood nutrition can have a major negative impact on children's heart health. Researchers found that a high-calorie and unhealthy diet massively harmed the health of our children's hearts. The heart can even develop incorrectly due to improper nutrition. So parents should urgently pay attention to their children's diet to prevent later heart diseases.
Parents should pay close attention to their children's diet. This is the only way to ensure that your children will not develop heart diseases caused by improper nutrition in later life. Because scientists from the University of Minnesota found in an investigation that improper nutrition in children can also lead to an abnormal development of the heart. The doctors published the results of their study in the journal "Circulation" by the American Heart Association.
A healthy diet starts in childhood
A healthy diet is important for our health. However, we should pay attention to our diet at a young age to avoid some serious illnesses later in life, the doctors advise in their study. Most children and adolescents do not really pay attention to a healthy diet. One of the reasons why cardiac arrhythmias have increased in young people. Parents should be very careful here that their children do not consume too many calories and eat healthy food. In this way, the heart can avoid undesirable developments and other heart diseases, the experts say.
It is important to consider these seven factors
According to the researchers, there are seven key health factors that determine how good our children's cardiovascular health is. So no tobacco products should be used, a healthy body weight should be maintained, we should carry out at least 60 minutes of moderate physical activity every day and pay attention to a healthy diet. It's also important that we pay attention to healthy cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar levels, the scientists add.
Many problems only arise years later
If we pay attention to all these ideal health rules in childhood, we will be rewarded for this early commitment with enormous advantages for maintaining ideal health, explains author Julia Steinberger from the University of Minnesota. Unfortunately, the majority of our children get their daily calories in the form of simple carbohydrates from sweet desserts and drinks. Such a diet is unhealthy and can lead to heart problems, the expert emphasizes. Some problems would only appear years later or would be diagnosed accordingly late because they would not be recognized in childhood. Even today there are, for example, many heart muscle infections in children that are not recognized.
91 percent of children eat unhealthy
In the new study, over 91 percent of children did not eat ideally. The children, aged between two and 19, consumed a lot of unhealthy food and ingested too many simple carbohydrates, which came from high-sugar drinks, sweets and desserts, the authors explain. In addition, the level of physical activity in many children was too low to protect their hearts from the negative effects of poor nutrition. The lack of exercise and poor nutrition lead to increased body weight and obesity. Older children with these problems often became cigarette smokers later in life, the researchers add.
New strategies need to be implemented better
Proactive strategies to promote good heart health should start at birth, the scientists say. Unfortunately, most children in later age do not meet the requirements for optimal heart health. Instead of waiting for diseases to develop in old age, we should help our children to maintain the ideal cardiovascular health that most children already had at birth, explains Steinberger. (as)