When it comes to fully understanding your health, knowing your blood numbers is key. No matter how you may feel symptomatically, taking a look at how your body is functioning on the inside is very important in determining your current state of health, as well as predicting possible problems in the future. In our office utilize the company, Boston Heart Diagnostics, for our detailed blood work panels.
Researchers estimate that 57% of children who are currently between 2 and 19 years old will be obese by age 35 if current diet and health trends continue. Currently, about 38% of American adults age 20 and over are obese, a number which has been steadily climbing since the 1970s. It was determined that while childhood obesity is a definitive risk factor for adult obesity, a high number of normal-weight children are still at risk for developing obesity later in life, according to the projections.
There is no question that our nation, and much of the world, struggles with many different chronic diseases. By definition, a chronic disease is one that lasts over a long period of time, many of which are never corrected and will last until death. These diseases are some of the leading causes of death in America, with heart disease being #1, followed by cancer and obesity-related diseases such as Type II diabetes. A common theme with these chronic diseases is that many, if not all, can be linked back to a condition called metabolic syndrome.