Food Insecurity Linked to Metabolic Syndrome in Hispanic/Latino Youth
Severe food insecurity was associated with metabolic syndrome and unfavorable cardiometabolic markers in Hispanic/Latino youth, researchers report. The findings, published March 16 in Pediatrics, highlight the need to investigate interventions that address food insecurity among Hispanic/Latino youth, a segment of the U.S. population at high risk of cardiometabolic complications.
@gagan The researchers conducted a cross-sectional study to evaluate the associations between lower household and child food security and metabolic syndrome, as well as clinically measured cardiometabolic markers, including fasting plasma glucose, waist circumference, triglycerides, systolic and diastolic blood pressure, and high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C). Household food security (high, marginal, low, very low) and child food security (high, marginal, low/very low) measures were evaluated separately, and were adjusted for participant age, sex, site, parental education, and poverty-income ratio.