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Gradual Drop in Adolescent Metabolic Syndrome Severity Linked to U.S. Dietary Changes

A new study finds that American teenagers are eating healthier diets and this has resulted in a drop of cases of metabolic syndrome among adolescents.

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“A study in the March 2016 Pediatrics shows that among adolescents with metabolic syndrome, a cluster of risk factors that boost the odds of developing heart disease and type 2 diabetes, the severity of the condition slowly declined in the U.S. during the past 15 years.”

“The drop coincided with a trend toward healthier diets among teens during the same timeframe, according to the study, “Trends in Metabolic Syndrome Severity and Lifestyle Factors among Adolescents” (published online Feb. 9). Researchers looked at 5,117 participants between the ages of 12 and 19 in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey from 1999 to 2012.” Read more.

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