Obesity and diabetes are the primary causes of the aging of the blood vessels in young adults. This is the conclusion of a recent study led by Justin Ryder, an assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Minnesota Medical School, in Minneapolis.
A blood vessel disorder is usually caused by obesity, diabetes, a sedentary lifestyle, diets rich in lipids, smoking, and a family history of cardiovascular diseases. It seemed that age keeps teenagers away from the risk of developing a blood vessel disorder. But this new study proves it doesn’t.
Excessive food, lack of exercise, and genetics lead to obesity. In 2015, 195 countries reported 600 million adults and 100 million children to be obese.
Obesity, lack of exercise, and genetics cause type 2 diabetes. As of 2015, close to 392 million people diagnosed with type-e diabetes, with rates increasing in young people. Obesity, lack of exercise, genetics, and hormonal imbalance can trigger high systolic blood pressure. 1 in 3 American adults are affected by it (close to 75 million people).
The study on the link between obesity, diabetes, and the aging of blood vessels
About 140 teens with normal weight, 156 obese teens, and 151 teens with type 2 diabetes were observed during the research.
In five years, the blood vessels of those suffering from obesity and type-2 diabetes were older than their biological age. Their carotids, one of the most critical blood vessels in our body, were thicker and stiffer than the carotids of those with average weight.
“What surprised our team the most was that participants with higher systolic blood pressure compared to their peers in the study had a very similar risk as those with obesity or type 2 diabetes for thicker and stiffer blood vessels over time,” said Ryder.
The conclusion? Parents, you can’t do much about genetics. But some things depend on you. Take care of your children’s diet and keep them away from sedentarism to tackle obesity and diabetes.