Today’s teens’ poor health habits might cost them years of life. A study found this in data on about 5,500 teens. Donald Lloyd-Jones of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago examined risk factors for heart disease. Many teens had high blood sugar, low physical activity, and smoked.
Lloyd-Jones says teens are losing health they were born with:
"We know that we tend to gain weight as we age through adulthood, so we’re already seeing that our teens are off to a very poor start."
The study presented at an American Heart Association meeting was supported by the National Institutes of Health.