Navigation Links
Secondhand Smoke Tied to Lower 'Good' Cholesterol in Teen Girls
Date:4/30/2013

TUESDAY, April 30 (HealthDay News) -- Exposure to secondhand smoke at home appears to lower teen girls' levels of the "good" cholesterol -- the substance that reduces heart disease risk, researchers report.

The new study included more than 1,000 male and female teens, aged 17, in Australia who had blood tests to check their levels of "good" high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol. While "bad" low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol creates a build-up that can block blood vessels, HDL plays a positive role by clearing excess cholesterol from the bloodstream.

The researchers also examined information about smoking in the teens' households beginning before they were born, when their mothers were 18 weeks into their pregnancies. Forty-eight percent of the study participants had been exposed to secondhand smoke at home, according to the study in the May issue of the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

"In our study, we found 17-year-old girls raised in households where passive smoking occurred were more likely to experience declines in HDL cholesterol levels," lead author Dr. Chi Le-Ha, of the University of Western Australia, said in a news release from the Endocrine Society.

"Secondhand smoke did not have the same impact on teenage boys of the same age, which suggests passive smoking exposure may be more harmful to girls. Considering cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in women in the western world, this is a serious concern," Le-Ha added.

The findings suggest that exposure to secondhand smoke in childhood may be a more significant risk factor for women than men.

"We need to redouble public health efforts to reduce young children's secondhand smoke exposure in the home, particularly girls' exposure," Le-Ha stated in the news release.

The association seen in the study does not prove that there is a cause-and-effect relationship between secondhand smoke exposure in girls and low levels of HDL cholesterol.

More information

The American Heart Association has more about good and bad cholesterol.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: The Endocrine Society, news release, April 30, 2013


'/>"/>
Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Secondhand smoke continues to vex children with asthma
2. Many Asthmatic Kids Harmed by Secondhand Smoke: Study
3. Secondhand Smoke May Harm Heart Function
4. Study Ties Secondhand Smoke to Bladder Irritation in Kids
5. Secondhand Smoke Linked to Raised Diabetes Risk
6. Secondhand Smoke May Impair Childrens Cough Reflex
7. Secondhand Smoke Linked to Memory Problems
8. Secondhand Smoke in Pregnancy Seems to Harm Baby, Too
9. Secondhand Smoke Takes Big Illness, Expense Toll
10. Secondhand Smoke: All It Takes Is 20 Minutes
11. Secondhand Smoke Very Unhealthy for Kids in Cars: Study
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Secondhand Smoke Tied to Lower 'Good' Cholesterol in Teen Girls
(Date:12/4/2016)... ... ... James Earl Jones is known for myriad roles on stage and screen, he has ... the forthcoming episodes examines mammogram techniques; a very important part of preventative medicine. , ... detection. Like any other disease, treatments have a much higher chance of success if ...
(Date:12/4/2016)... , ... December 04, 2016 , ... ... that have new attractive animation styles with unique displacement design elements," said Christina ... pre-animated lower third designs. Choose from a variety of design styles that include ...
(Date:12/4/2016)... PITTSBURGH, PA (PRWEB) , ... December 04, 2016 , ... ... not enough. One must brush properly to achieve optimal results. This important necessity inspired ... saw a need for a way to ensure that people break or avoid bad ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... Phoenix (PRWEB) , ... December 02, 2016 , ... ... statewide documentary on the perils of heroin that was watched live by 1 ... national Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award. , ASU students at the Walter Cronkite ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... , ... December 02, 2016 , ... ... the Dothan-Wiregrass Area in Alabama are expected to attend the UNCF Dothan-Wiregrass Mayor’s ... help provide scholarship funds for area students and operating support to UNCF-member institutions, ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:12/5/2016)... , Dec. 5, 2016  John Seng, founder of ... will succeed him as Chief Executive Officer following two consecutive years ... Wilson joined Spectrum as president in 2014 and assumed management of ... received public relations industry recognition as Healthcare Agency of the Year ... ...
(Date:12/5/2016)... -- Seno Medical Instruments, Inc., the company pioneering the development ... the process of diagnosing breast cancer, today announced that ... surveillance and clinical follow-up study at the 2016 ... from December 6-10, 2016 at the Henry B. Gonzalez ... . Seno Medical Instruments will present two ...
(Date:12/5/2016)... The global  non-invasive prenatal testing market  is anticipated to reach USD ... Research, Inc. Evolution of prenatal testing in the form of noninvasive tests ... diagnostic testing to determine the likelihood of fetal abnormality is expected to ... Continue Reading ... ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: