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High Hormone Levels in Kids Predict Metabolic Syndrome Risks

An interesting study has linked metabolic syndrome to hyperandrogenemia, a condition connected to very high steroid hormone levels (androgens) early on in obese children. That's very important because hormones, like testosterone and androsterone, are crucial in controlling the development and maintenance of masculine characteristics in boys and girls.

Scientists compared the hormone levels in some 350 kids, 80 percent of whom were obese, then studied the effect of weight loss on them over the course of a year.

Obese kids, regardless of age or gender, had greatly elevated levels of testosterone and dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEAS) in comparison to those of a normal weight. Also, body mass index and androgen levels were tied to the physical condition of girls and pre-adolescent boys.

The good news is that losing weight reduces those elevated androgen levels in children, and I have plenty of resources available on my Web site to help you do that.

And, if you're worried your baby may be at risk for obesity, you'll want to review the seven tell-tale signs I posted earlier this year.

Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism Vol. 90, No. 10, October 2005: 5588-5595

Yahoo News October 28, 2005

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