MÉRIDA — According to concerned specialists in cardiology and vascular diseases, the eating habits of Yucatán’s population may be one of the reasons why it is considered the state with greatest index of obesity, SIPSE Noticias reports.
As part of the meeting, which was convened by the pharmaceutical company Sanofi, specialists addressed various topics, including risks associated with obesity; being overweight; having bad eating habits; diabetes; hypertension; high cholesterol, and heart attacks. As stated by the Yucatecan Society of Cardiology, Mérida alone reports an average of one thousand strokes each year, a figure that has been increasing in the last decade.
“Having poor nutrition, not exercising regularly — or at all — and the increase of sugary drinks consumption, have led Mexico to be the first place in childhood obesity and the second in adult obesity. We are also in second place worldwide in soft drink consumption, just behind the United States”, stated Armando Garcia Castillo, specialist in Hemodynamics and head of the IMSS Coronary Care Unit in Monterrey.
Valentín Sánchez Pedraza, president of the Mexican Society of Nutrition and Endocrinology, pointed out that “it is not enough to raise awareness about the importance of a correct diagnosis or the frequency with which patients take blood tests to know their lipid profile. It is vital to take action, set ambitious goals and try to bring LDL cholesterol levels to a minimum.”
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