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For teens, wrist is best indicator of future heart problems

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

Body weight is one of the easiest measurements doctors can use to predict a patient's risk for heart disease, unless that patient is a teenager and their body is constantly changing.

Researchers at the University of Rome enrolled nearly 500 overweight children in a study that measured their wrist circumference and compared that to risk factors for heart disease.

They found those with larger wrists were more likely to develop insulin resistance, which is known to increase the risk for heart problems later in life.

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