Protein linked to future heart disease risk in obese kids The Tribune Wednesday, March 10, 2004 Washington - Researchers have found that levels of a fat protein, called adiponectin, which is linked to heart disease in adults, is significantly lower in overweight children and young adults. Adiponectin was an important discriminator between obese and normal-weight children, said Sandra G. Hassink, assistant professor of pediatrics at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, who presented the study. ''Factors such as cholesterol, blood pressure, triglyceride levels and measures of insulin sensitivity were not meaningful in differentiating between these two groups,'' she said. But the study showed that adiponectin may be part of a ''footprint'' for heart disease risk in children. ''While obesity is a known risk factor for heart disease and diabetes, we don't know what factors determine which obese people are at greatest risk. The evidence is beginning to point to adiponectin as a key player in determining true risk,'' said Hassink, who is also director of the Pediatric Weight Management Program at A.I. Dupont Hospital in Wilmington, Del. Adiponectin adheres to blood vessel walls, possibly protecting them by fighting inflammation at a cellular level. -- ANI More at: http://www.tribuneindia.com/ Jai Maharaj http://www.mantra.com/jai Om Shanti Panchaang for 22 Phalgun 5104, Friday, March 12, 2004: Shubhanu Nama Samvatsare Uttarayane Moksh Ritau Kumbh Mase Krshn Pakshe Shukr Vasara Yuktayam Anuradha-Jyeshtth Nakshatr Vajr Yog Vishti-Bav Karan Saptami Yam Tithau Hindu Holocaust Museum http://www.mantra.com/holocaust Hindu life, principles, spirituality and philosophy http://www.hindu.org http://www.hindunet.org The truth about Islam and Muslims http://www.flex.com/~jai/satyamevajayate o Not for commercial use. Solely to be fairly used for the educational purposes of research and open discussion. The contents of this post may not have been authored by, and do not necessarily represent the opinion of the poster. The contents are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works. o If you send private e-mail to me, it will likely not be read, considered or answered if it does not contain your full legal name, current e-mail and postal addresses, and live-voice telephone number. o Posted for information and discussion. Views expressed by others are not necessarily those of the poster.