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BMI Changes in Youth Predict Later Heart Risk

Cardiovascular disease risk in early adulthood differs according to the pattern of change in body mass index (BMI) during the transition from adolescence to adulthood, according to a recent study. The highest risk for diabetes among women at age 29 was for those whose BMI had been elevated since age 15 and those whose BMI increased significantly in the late adolescent years of 15 through 20, said Samantha M. Attard, PhD, of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. For men, the odds of developing diabetes by age 29 was highest if they had a large increase in BMI in late adolescence even if they only had small increases thereafter. Obesity Week 2013