Childhood cancer survivors lowered metabolic syndrome risk through lifestyle choices

  • July 28, 2014

Heart-healthy lifestyle choices were associated with a lower risk for metabolic syndrome among childhood cancer survivors, according to recent findings.

“One of the most significant findings among adult [childhood cancer survivors] is an increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease, including coronary artery disease,” researcher Kirsten Ness, PhD, of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., and colleagues wrote. “Anthracycline chemotherapy and chest radiation are known risk factors for cardiomyopathy, likely worsened by modifiable risk factors including obesity, dyslipidemia, and insulin resistance, which are common in this population.”

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