According to an article published by the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, the Doetinchem Cohort study has presented results on examinations from 1987 until 1991 following major risk factors like blood pressure, cholesterol levels, high-density lipoprotein levels, and body weight. The study has manifested that even though the present adult generation has a higher life expectancy, they are bound to have a higher risk of cardiovascular diseases due to their unhealthy metabolic state.
The cohort study concluded that the worsening of the inappropriate metabolic trend may progress if it’s not addressed appropriately. The prevalence of certain risk factors concerning metabolism with episodes of long-term exposure will increase the heightened negative cardiovascular response in the long run.
How the study was made
Individuals who participated in the study or what is coined as “subjects” were generally stratified into generation and sex with a baseline of a ten-year age collection ranging from 20 to 29, 30 to 39, 40 to 49 and 50 to 59 years old. Analyses are aimed at determining if a particular generation has altered risk profile than those who are born earlier. The differentiation is termed as “generation shifting”.
The most imperative result that was gathered while doing the research is how the occurrence of hypertension and obesity has increased in all age groups. However, it has increased significantly in generations that are recently born or those under the age of 30. Other valuable findings that the study has concluded would be under the hypertension risk factor for both males and females which are unfavorable and the shifting of diabetes more in men than in women.
Overall, the researchers have pointed out essential facts about the study which focuses on the clear shifting of the increasing hypertensive and overweight dispositions of the current generation which is exceptionally worse than the adults of the previous generation. One of the main factors why such a phenomenon is happening and is pinpointed out by the study is the evident decrease in physical activities such as exercise and fallout on the nutritional habits of the current generation.
The study wanted to put an emphasis on the nutritive aspect of the present generation particularly those who are under the age of 20. Furthermore, the decrease in smoking rate in countries that have a high income demonstrated a shift from diseases related to smoking to diseases related to weight gain. If people would only highlight their health-conscious status, there is a promising possibility that diabetes and cardiovascular diseases that are caused by obesity can be disrupted thereby prolonging the life of the current generation.