A recent study by the University of Bristol has found that babies who are slow to gain weight in the first nine months are usually within a normal weight range by age 13, though they are usually still lighter and shorter than their peers. Researchers observed infants who were slow to put on weight before eight weeks had usually entered the normal range by age 2, while infants who were slow to gain weight between the ages of eight weeks and nine months had usually caught up by age 7. Researchers noted that some of the children who were slow to gain weight had parents who were smaller and lighter than their peers, too.
Number to Know
8.1: Percent of babies born in the U.S. with low birth weight, according to the CDC.
Do you consider yourself at increased risk for atherosclerosis? If you answered "no," you're not alone. A recent survey conducted by AstraZeneca of more than 2000 American adults revealed that only 1 in 5 (20 percent) respondents consider themselves at increased risk for this potentially dangerous disease where plaque builds up in the arteries slowly over time.
The survey also revealed that only 21 percent of respondents could correctly identify all 6 atherosclerosis risk factors that were asked about in the survey (high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, family history of early heart disease, smoking and obesity).
So why is it important for people to know about atherosclerosis and the risk factors for plaque buildup in arteries? If people understand their risk for this disease, they can work with their health care provider to take steps to help manage that risk. This is particularly important for the approximately 14% of American adults living with high cholesterol, since adults with high cholesterol and one or more additional risk factors may be at increased risk for atherosclerosis.
A cholesterol management plan to help patients reach their cholesterol goals should begin with lifestyle changes, which can include quitting smoking, eating healthy foods and exercising more often. However, for some people, diet and exercise alone may not be enough to lower high cholesterol, so it is important that they talk with their health care providers about their treatment options.