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Risk Factors for Heart Disease Among Teenagers

Did you know that 1 out of every 5 students in Grade 9 has at least one major risk factor for heart disease and stroke?

The recent study by Canadian Cardiovascular Congress in Edmonton shows just how fast teen health is declining.

The study showed an increase in cardiovascular risk factors since 2002.

However, the most alarming statistics is that the study reported that 13% of teenagers are obese and 16% had high blood cholesterol levels!

Remember this is in Canada (Only around 30 million people, whereas the United States has about ten times the number of people).

Obviously there is a huge problem here. My thoughts would be to implement a more rigorous physical education (P.E) course/make P.E mandatory from middle school all the way through high school.

Also, remove junk food from cafeteria’s and put in healthier snacks. The kids will complain, but honestly, it must be done.

Additionally, as part of the P.E curriculum, spend a week, at least, on nutrition and the importance of exercise.

These kids need to have this knowledge drilled into their minds so it because of second nature to them. Somethings need to change and change quickly.

Former VP, CIPA Medical Affairs and Director, IPABC

Dr. Paul Zickler graduated from the faculty of medicine at the University of Western Ontario in 1972 and became an Emergency Physician. He practiced as an Emergency Physician for 18 years after which he co-owned and operated several ambulatory medical and travel clinics for 12 years and discovered his interest in prescription medicines. Dr. Zickler was a founding member of the Canadian International Pharmacy Association (CIPA) and was CIPA’s Vice-president for Medical Affairs. He has also served as an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of British Columbia, the Director of Professional Programs for the Justice Institute of British Columbia (paramedic academy) and was the principal investigator for Phase 2 and 3 studies researching vaccines.


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