The pancreas detects the fall in the blood glucose level and releases another hormone, glucagon.
The HbA1c blood test or glycosylated haemoglobin is used as a general indicator of average blood sugar levels present in plasma over about 3 months. There are many factors which can affect the results of an HbA1c test, such as any process affecting the red blood cell volume or turnover rate including blood loss, anaemia, surgery, blood transfusions, erythropoietin treatment as well as chronic kidney or liver disease and even high doses of vitamin C.
Haemoglobin is the oxygen carrying component of a red blood cell and along with water, makes up the bulk of a red blood cell.
An HbA1c test can be used to provide an average value for blood sugar levels over the preceding few weeks. TweetCustom Search The HbA1c blood test or glycosylated haemoglobin is used as a general indicator of average blood sugar levels present in plasma over about 3 months. Blood tests can reveal the overall health of your body, therefore, it is necessary to get a blood test at least once a year. Hyperglycemia is quite dangerous because you can die from it if it is not treated as early as possible.
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Search the NHLBI, use the drop down list to select: the entire site, the Health Topics section only, or the News and Resources section. Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (CVD) remains the leading cause of death in North Americans but manifest disease in childhood and adolescence is rare.
The goal of the Expert Panel was the development of comprehensive evidence-based guidelines addressing the known risk factors for CVD (Table 1?1) to assist all primary pediatric care providers in both the promotion of CV health and the identification and management of specific risk factors from infancy into young adult life.
By contrast, given the scope of the charge to the Panel, this evidence review needed to address a broad array of questions concerning the development, progression and management of multiple risk factors extending from birth through 21 years of age, including studies with follow-up into later adult life.
The Expert Panel Integrated Guidelines for Cardiovascular Health and Risk Reduction in Children and Adolescents contain recommendations based on the evidence review and are directed towards all primary pediatric care providers ?
It is the hope of the Expert Panel that these recommendations will be useful for all those who provide cardiovascular health care to children. The Expert Panel believes that the benefits of the recommended approach clearly exceed the harms and that the quality of the supporting evidence is excellent (grade A or B). Clinicians should follow a strong recommendation unless a clear and compelling rationale for an alternative approach is present. The Expert Panel feels that the benefits exceed the harms but the quality of the evidence is not as strong (grade B or C).
Clinicians should generally follow a recommendation but remain alert to new information and sensitive to patient preferences. Either the quality of the evidence that exists is suspect (grade D) or well-performed studies (grade A, B or C) show little clear advantage to one approach versus another.
Clinicians should be flexible in their decision-making regarding appropriate practice, although they may set boundaries on alternatives; patient and family preference should have a substantial influencing role. There is both a lack of pertinent evidence (grade D) and an unclear balance between benefits and harms. Clinicians should not be constrained in their decision-making and be alert to new published evidence that clarifies the balance of benefit versus harm; patient and family preference should have a substantial influencing role. Atherosclerosis begins in youth and this process, from its earliest phases, is related to the presence and intensity of the known CV risk factors shown in Table 1?1.
Over the last decade, measures of sub-clinical atherosclerosis have developed, including the demonstration of coronary calcium on electron beam computed tomography (EBCT) imaging, increased medial thickness in the carotid artery assessed with ultrasound (CIMT), endothelial dysfunction (reduced arterial dilation) with brachial ultrasound imaging, and increased left ventricular mass with cardiac ultrasound.
In adolescents with marked elevation of LDL-cholesterol due to familial heterozygous hypercholesterolemia, abnormal levels of coronary calcium, increased CIMT and impaired endothelial function have been demonstrated. Children with hypertension have been shown to have increased CIMT, increased left ventricular mass and eccentric left ventricular geometry. Children with type 1 DM have significantly abnormal endothelial function and, in some studies, increased CIMT.
Children and young adults with a family history of myocardial infarction have increased CIMT, higher prevalence of coronary calcium, and endothelial dysfunction.
Endothelial dysfunction has been demonstrated by ultrasound and plethysmography in association with cigarette smoking (passive and active) and obesity.
Left ventricular hypertrophy at levels associated with excess mortality in adults has been demonstrated in children with severe obesity. The most important evidence relating risk in youth to clinical CVD is the observed association of risk factors for atherosclerosis to clinically manifest CV conditions. From a population standpoint, clustering of multiple risk factors is the most common association with premature atherosclerosis. Obesity tracks more strongly than any other risk factor: among many reports demonstrating this, one of the most recent is a report from the Bogalusa study where more than 2,000 children were followed from initial evaluation at 5 to 14 yrs of age to adult follow-up at a mean age of 27 years. For cholesterol and blood pressure, tracking correlation coefficients in the range of 0.4 have been reported consistently across many studies, correlating these measures in children 5 to 10 years of age with results 20 to 30 years later.
By its addictive nature, tobacco use persists into adulthood though approximately 50 per cent of those who have ever smoked eventually quit. The insulin resistance of type II DM can be alleviated by exercise, weight loss, and bariatric surgery, but the long term outcome of type II DM diagnosed in childhood is not known. As above, risk factor clusters such as those seen with obesity and the metabolic syndrome have been shown to track from childhood into adulthood.
The evidence for the first 4 bullets is reviewed in this section, while the evidence surrounding interventions for identified risk factors is addressed in the RF-specific sections of the guideline to follow. It is important to distinguish between the goals of prevention at a young age and those at older ages where atherosclerosis is well established, morbidity may already exist, and the process is only minimally reversible. The most direct means of establishing evidence for active CVD prevention beginning at a young age would be to randomize young individuals with defined risks to treatment of CV risk factors or to no treatment and follow both groups over sufficient time to determine if CV events are prevented without undue increase in morbidity arising from treatment. The recognition that evidence from this direct pathway is unlikely to be achieved requires an alternate stepwise approach, where segments of an evidence chain are linked in a manner that serves as a sufficiently rigorous proxy for the causal inference of a clinical trial. One cornerstone of pediatric care is placing clinical recommendations in a developmental context.
This document provides recommendations for preventing the development of risk factors and optimizing CV health beginning in infancy, based on the results of the evidence review. Obtain diet information from child and use to reinforce healthy diet and limitations and provide counseling as needed. Obtain fasting lipid profile only if FHx (+), parent with dyslipidemia, any other RFs (+), or high-risk condition.
Obtain fasting lipid profile if FHx newly (+), parent with dyslipidemia, any other RFs (+), or high-risk condition; manage per lipid algorithms as needed. A family history of CVD represents the net effect of shared genetic, biochemical, behavioral and environmental components. Evidence from observational studies strongly supports inclusion of a positive family history of early coronary heart disease in identifying children at risk for accelerated atherosclerosis and for the presence of an abnormal risk profile.
Family history evolves as a child matures so regular updates are necessary as part of routine pediatric care. Education about the importance of accurate and complete family health information should be part of routine care for children and adolescents. The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (2010 DGA) include important recommendations for the population over the age of two. These new pediatric CV guidelines not only build upon the recommendations for achieving nutrient adequacy in growing children as stated in the 2010 DGA but also add evidence regarding the efficacy of specific dietary changes to reduce CV risk from the current evidence review for the use of pediatric care providers in the care of their patients. The Expert Panel concluded that there is strong and consistent evidence that good nutrition beginning at birth has profound health benefits, with the potential to decrease future risk for CVD. In accordance with the Surgeon General's Office, WHO, the AAP and the AAFP, exclusive breast-feeding is recommended for the first 6 months of life.
Long term follow-up studies demonstrate that subjects who were breastfed have sustained CV health benefits, including lower cholesterol levels, lower BMI, reduced prevalence of type 2 diabetes, and lower cIMT in adulthood.
Ongoing nutrition counseling has been effective in assisting children and families to adopt and sustain recommended diets for both nutrient adequacy and reducing CV risk.

The remaining 20% of fat intake should be comprised of a combination of monosaturated and polyunsaturated fats. For adults, the current NCEP guidelines recommend that adults consume 25-35% of calories from fat. Optimal intakes of total protein and total carbohydrate in children were not specifically addressed, but with a recommended total fat intake of 30% of energy, the Expert Panel recommends that the remaining 70% of calories include 15-20% from protein and 50-55% from carbohydrate sources (no grade).
Sodium intake was not addressed by the evidence review for this section on nutrition and diet. Plant-based foods are important low calorie sources of nutrients including vitamins and fiber in the diets of children; increasing access to fruits and vegetables has been shown to increase their intake.
Per the 2010 DGA, energy intake should not exceed energy needed for adequate growth and physical activity.
All diet recommendations must be interpreted for each child and family to address individual diet patterns and patient sensitivities such as lactose intolerance and food allergies.
Graded, age-specific recommendations for pediatric care providers to use in optimizing CV health in their patients are summarized below in Table 5?1: Cardiovascular Health Integrated Lifestyle Diet (CHILD 1).
CHILD 1 is the recommended first step diet for all children and adolescents at elevated cardiovascular risk. Grades reflect the findings of the evidence review.Recommendation levels the consensus opinion of the Expert Panel. Fat intake in infants less than 12 months of age should not be restricted without medical indication.
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Kwiterovich has served as a consultant or advisory board member for Merck, Schering-Plough, Pfizer, Sankyo, LipoScience and Astra Zeneca. McBride has served as a consultant or advisory board member for Bristol-Myers Squibb, and Merck. McCrindle has been a consultant for Abbott, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Daichii Sankyo and Roche. By contrast, risk factors and risk behaviors that accelerate the development of atherosclerosis begin in childhood and there is increasing evidence that risk reduction delays progression towards clinical disease.
An innovative approach was needed because a focus on CV risk reduction in children and adolescents addresses a disease process ? Most systematic evidence reviews include one or, at most, a small number of finite questions addressing the impact of specific interventions on specific health outcomes, and a rigorous literature review often results in only a handful of in-scope articles for inclusion.
The time frame extended back to 1985, roughly 5 years before the review for the last NHLBI guideline addressing lipids in children published in 1992. In some clearly defined circumstances, strong recommendations may be made on the basis of lesser evidence when high-quality evidence is impossible to obtain and the anticipated benefits clearly outweigh the harms. In some clearly defined circumstances, recommendations may be made on the basis of lesser evidence when high-quality evidence is impossible to obtain and when the anticipated benefits clearly outweigh the harms. Clinical events such as myocardial infarction, stroke, peripheral arterial disease, and ruptured aortic aneurysm are the culmination of the lifelong vascular process of atherosclerosis. Two major contemporary studies, the Pathobiological Determinants of Atherosclerosis in Youth (PDAY) study and the Bogalusa Heart Study, have subsequently evaluated the extent of atherosclerosis in children, adolescents and young adults who died accidentally.
These measures have been assessed in young individuals with severe abnormalities of individual risk factors.
Genetic disorders related to high cholesterol are the biologic model for risk factor impact on the atherosclerotic process. Cross sectional research in children has shown differences by race and ethnicity, and by geography for prevalence of CV risk factors; these differences are often partially explained by differences in socioeconomic status.
The pathologic studies reviewed above show clearly that the presence of multiple risk factors is associated with striking evidence of an accelerated atherosclerotic process. Based on BMI percentiles derived from the study population, 84% of those with a BMI in the 95th to 99th percentile as children were obese as adults and all of those with a BMI > 99th percentile were obese in adulthood. These data suggest that having cholesterol or blood pressure levels in the upper portion of the pediatric distribution makes having these as adult risk factors likely but not certain. This direct approach is intellectually attractive because atherosclerosis prevention would begin at the earliest stage of the disease process, thereby maximizing benefit.
The evidence reviewed in this section provides the critical rationale for CV prevention beginning in childhood: evidence that atherosclerosis begins in youth, evidence that the atherosclerotic process relates to risk factors which can be identified in childhood, and evidence that the presence of these risk factors in a given child predicts an adult with risk if no intervention occurs. Pediatric recommendations must consider not only the relation of age to disease expression but the ability of the patient and family to understand and implement medical advice. In adults, epidemiologic studies have demonstrated that a family history of premature coronary heart disease in a first degree relative ?
Because the parents and siblings of children and adolescents are usually young themselves, it was the panel consensus that when evaluating family history in a child, history should also be ascertained for the occurrence of cardiovascular disease in grandparents, aunts and uncles although the evidence supporting this is insufficient to date.
As genetic sophistication increases, linking family history to specific genetic abnormalities will provide important new knowledge about the atherosclerotic process.
The National Cholesterol Education Program Pediatric Panel Report in 1992 provided dietary recommendations for all children as part of a population-based approach to reducing cardiovascular risk. Because the focus of these guidelines is on CV risk reduction, the evidence review specifically evaluated dietary fatty acid and energy components as major contributors to hypercholesterolemia and obesity, as well as dietary composition and micronutrients as they affect hypertension. The Expert Panel accepts the 2010 DGA as containing appropriate recommendations for diet and nutrition in children 2 years and older. Continued breastfeeding is recommended to at least age 12 months, with the addition of complementary foods. Under the guidance of qualified nutritionists, this dietary composition has been shown to result in lower TC and LDL-C levels, less obesity, and less insulin resistance. The 2010 DGA supports the IOM recommendations for 30-40% of calories from fat for ages 1-3 years, 25-35% of calories from fat for ages 4-18 years, and 20-35% of calories from fat for adults.
These recommended ranges fall within the acceptable macronutrient distribution range specified by the 2010 DGA: 10-30% of calories from protein and 45-65% of calories from carbohydrate for children ages 4-18 years. CHILD 1 is the first stage in dietary change for children with identified dyslipidemia, overweight and obesity, risk factor clustering, and high-risk medical conditions that may ultimately require more intensive dietary change. Supportive actions represent expert consensus suggestions from the Expert Panel provided to support implementation of the recommendations; they are not graded. He has served on speaker bureaus for Merck, Schering-Plough, Pfizer, Sankyo, Kos and Astra Zeneca. Typically, evidence is limited to randomized controlled trials (RCTs), systematic reviews and meta-analyses published over a defined time period.
Rather than RCTs, this evidence is largely available in the form of epidemiologic observational studies which must therefore be included in the review. Pathologically, the process begins with the accumulation of abnormal lipid in the vascular intima, a reversible stage, progresses to an advanced stage in which a core of extracellular lipid is covered by a fibromuscular cap, and culminates in thrombosis, vascular rupture, or acute ischemic syndromes. The Bogalusa study measured CV risk factors (lipids, blood pressure, body mass index and tobacco use) as part of a comprehensive school-based epidemiologic study in a biracial community. In many of these studies, risk factors measured in childhood and adolescence were better predictors of the severity of adult atherosclerosis than were risk factors measured at the time of the subclinical atherosclerosis study. Among the most prevalent multiple risk combinations are the use of tobacco with one other risk factor, and the development of obesity which is often associated with insulin resistance, elevated triglycerides, reduced HDL cholesterol and elevated blood pressure, a combination known as the metabolic syndrome in adults. Those who develop obesity have been shown to be more likely to develop hypertension or dyslipidemia as adults. It is well established that a population that enters adulthood with lower risk will have less atherosclerosis and will collectively have lower CVD rates.
Unfortunately, this approach is as unachievable as it is attractive primarily because such studies would be extremely expensive and would be several decades in duration, a time period in which changes in environment and medical practice would diminish the relevance of the results. The remaining evidence links pertain to the demonstration that interventions to lower risk will have a health benefit, and that the risk and cost of interventions to improve risk are outweighed by the reduction in CVD morbidity and mortality. Evidence relative to diet and the development of atherosclerosis in childhood and adolescence was identified by the evidence review for this guideline, and collectively, this provides the rationale for new dietary prevention efforts initiated early in life. New evidence from multiple dietary trials addressing CV risk reduction in children provides important information for these recommendations.
The recommendations in these guidelines are intended for pediatric care providers to use with their patients to address CV risk reduction.
If breastfeeding per se is not possible, feeding human milk by bottle is second best, with formula-feeding as the third choice. For growing children, milk provides essential nutrients, including protein, calcium, magnesium, and vitamin D, that are not readily available elsewhere in the diet.
High Blood Pressure, lower sodium intake is associated with lower systolic and diastolic BPs in infants, children, and adolescents.

Recommendations for intake of naturally sweetened fruit juice (without added sugar) in infants are a consensus of the Expert Panel (Grade D) and are in agreement with those of the AAP. CHILD 1 is also the recommended diet for children with a positive family history of early CV disease, dyslipidemia, obesity, primary hypertension, diabetes, or children exposure to smoking in the home.
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She has written for iVillage and taught classes through Garrison Associates for the State of Ohio, Bureau of Early Intervention Services and Help Me Grow program. Elizabeth Nabel, appointed an Expert Panel to develop cardiovascular (CV) health guidelines for pediatric care providers based on a formal evidence review of the science, with an integrated format addressing all the major CV risk factors simultaneously. There is a defined format for abstracting studies, grading the evidence and presentation of results. In addition, the review required critical appraisal of the body of evidence that addresses the impact of managing risk factors in childhood on the development and progression of atherosclerosis. Several longitudinal cohort studies referenced extensively in this report (Bogalusa Heart Study, PDAY and CARDIA) are biracial and other studies have been conducted outside the United States.
There is ample evidence from both cross sectional and longitudinal studies that the increasing prevalence of obesity in childhood is associated with the same obesity-related risk factor clustering seen in adults and that this continues into adult life. The "Bright Futures" concept of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is used to provide a framework for these guidelines with CV risk reduction recommendations for each age group. The guideline also offers specific guidance on primary prevention, with age-specific, evidence-based recommendations for individual risk factor detection.
The childhood health maintenance visit provides an ideal context for effective delivery of the CV health message.
The conclusions of the Expert Panel's review of the entire body of evidence in a specific nutrition area with grades are summarized below. Consumption of fat-free milk in childhood after age 2 years and through adolescence optimizes these benefits, without compromising nutrient quality while avoiding excess saturated fat and calorie intake (Grade A). For children of normal weight whose activity is minimal, most calories are needed to meet nutritional requirements, leaving only about 5-15% of calorie intake from extra calories.
Any dietary modification must provide nutrients and calories needed for optimal growth and development. If you wish to receive natural health services you must first sign a Client Services Agreement. The recommendations therefore need to address two different goals: the prevention of risk factor development ? Finally, because of known gaps in the evidence base relating risk factors and risk reduction in childhood to clinical events in adult life, the review must include the available evidence justifying evaluation and treatment of risk factors in childhood. This Summary Report presents the Expert Panel recommendations for patient care relative to CV health and risk factor detection and management, without references. Strong correlations were shown between the presence and intensity of risk factors and the extent and severity of atherosclerosis.
By contrast, genetic traits associated with low cholesterol are associated with longer life expectancy.
This high risk combination is among the reasons that the current obesity epidemic with its relationship to future CVD and DM is considered one of the most important public health challenges in contemporary society. The recommendations reflect a complex decision process that integrates the strength of the evidence with knowledge of the natural history of atherosclerotic vascular disease, estimates of intervention risk, and the physician's responsibility to provide both health education and effective disease treatment.
Management algorithms provide staged care recommendations for risk reduction within the pediatric care setting and identify risk factor levels requiring specialist referral. Pediatric care providers provide an effective team, educated to initiate behavior change to diminish risk of CVD and promote lifelong CV health in their patients, from infancy into young adult life. The process of atherosclerosis is complex and involves many genetic loci and multiple environmental and personal risk factors. Where evidence is inadequate yet nutrition guidance is needed, recommendations for pediatric care providers are based on a consensus of the Expert Panel (Grade D). Between ages 1 and 2 years as children transition from breast milk or formula, milk reduced in fat (ranging from 2% milk to fat-free milk) can be used based on the child's growth, appetite, intake of other nutrient-dense foods, intake of other sources of fat, and risk for obesity and CVD. These calories can be derived from fat or sugar added to nutrient-dense foods to allow their consumption as sweets, desserts, or snack foods. The process of identifying, assembling and organizing the evidence was extensive, the review process was complex and conclusions could only be developed by interpretation of the body of evidence. It begins with a state-of-the-science synopsis of the evidence that atherosclerosis begins in childhood and that the extent of atherosclerosis is linked directly to the presence and intensity of known risk factors. In the PDAY study, risk factors and surrogate measures of risk factors were measured post mortem in 15- to 34-year olds dying accidentally of external causes. Clinically important differences in prevalence of risk factors exist by race and gender, particularly with regard to tobacco use rates, obesity prevalence, hypertension, and dyslipidemia. One other prevalent multiple risk combination is the association of low cardiorespiratory fitness, identified in 33.6% of adolescents in the NHANES surveys from 1999-2002, with overweight and obesity, elevated total cholesterol and systolic blood pressure, and reduced HDL-C.
These recommendations for those caring for children will be most effective when complemented by a broader public health strategy. The guidelines also identify specific medical conditions such as diabetes and chronic kidney disease that are associated with increased risk for accelerated atherosclerosis.
Nonetheless, the presence of a positive parental history has been consistently shown to significantly increase baseline risk for CVD. Milk with reduced fat should be used only in the context of an overall diet that supplies 30% of calories from fat. This has been modified for use in children age 4 years and older based on daily energy needs by food group and is shown in Table 5?3 as one example of a heart healthy eating plan using the CHILD 1 recommendations.
While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Even with inclusion of every relevant study from the evidence review, there were important areas where evidence was inadequate. This is followed by the "Cardiovascular Health Schedule" which summarizes the Expert Panel's age-based recommendations by risk factor in a one page periodic table. Strong relationships were demonstrated between atherosclerotic severity and extent, and age, non HDL cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, hypertension (determined by renal artery thickness), tobacco use (thiocyanate concentration), diabetes mellitus(DM) (glycohemoglobin), and (in men), obesity. In natural history studies of DM, early CVD mortality is so consistently observed that the presence of DM is considered evidence of vascular disease in adults. Recommendations for ongoing CV health management for children and adolescents with these diagnoses are provided. The risk for CVD in offspring is strongly inversely related to the age of the parent at the time of the index event. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.
Risk factor specific sections follow, with the graded conclusions of the evidence review, normative tables and age-specific recommendations. There was a striking increase in both severity and extent as age and the number of risk factors increased.
Consonant with this, in 15- to 19-year olds in PDAY, the presence of hyperglycemia was associated with the demonstration of advanced atherosclerotic lesions of the coronary arteries. However, evidence is not adequate for the recommendations provided in this report to be specific to racial or ethnic groups or socioeconomic status. The association of a positive family history with increased CV risk has been confirmed for men, women and siblings and in different racial and ethnic groups.
The schema used in grading the evidence appears in Table 1?2; expert consensus opinions are identified as Grade D. These are often accompanied by Supportive Actions which represent expert consensus suggestions from the panel provided to support implementation of the recommendations. By contrast, absence of risk factors was shown to be associated with a virtual absence of advanced atherosclerotic lesions, even in the oldest subjects in the study.
In PDAY, there is also a very strong relationship between abdominal aortic atherosclerosis and tobacco use. The evidence review identified all randomized controlled trials (RCTs), systematic reviews, meta-analyses and observational studies that addressed family history of premature atherosclerotic disease and the development and progression of atherosclerosis from childhood into young adult life. Finally, in a 25 year follow-up, the presence of the metabolic syndrome risk factor cluster in childhood predicted clinical CVD in adult subjects at 30- to 48-years of age.

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