Metabolic syndrome: Yet another reason for teens to eat breakfast


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The importance of eating breakfast for teenagers goes beyond fueling their growing bodies and minds for the day.

A new study from Umea University in Sweden links a higher risk of developing metabolic syndrome during middle age to teens that skipped eating breakfas.

Metabolic syndrome is a combination of disorders that increase the risk of Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Though developing signs of metabolic syndrome differ between boys and girls, children, teens and adults, parents should look for its signs early. According to the New York Times, physical signs of metabolic syndrome in teens include high blood levels of glucose, low levels of high-density lipoprotein, high triglycerides, abdominal obesity and high blood pressure. Mentally, teens with metabolic syndrome tend to have lower test scores and academic performance in reading and mathematics.

When we’re young, we feel like we’re invincible, and middle age is light years away. But don’t be fooled, young ones or parents of teens: Before you know it, 10 years has passed and those spry boys and girls stop trying to stay out all night and start trying to consume more fiber (not that I know anything about that). 

My point is this: It is never too early to begin a healthy, sustainable lifestyle. To lessen the chances of developing metabolic syndrome later in life, try dropping excess weight, exercise regularly, eat a healthy diet and don’t smoke. Metabolic syndrome is completely reversible with a lifestyle change.