Physical activity in early childhood may have an impact on cardiovascular health later in life, according to new research from McMaster University, where scientists followed the activity levels of hundreds of preschoolers over a period of years.
They found that physical activity in children as young as three years old benefits blood vessel health, cardiovascular fitness and is key to the prevention of early risk indicators that can lead to adult heart disease.
The study, named “Health Outcomes and Physical activity in Preschoolers”, published today in the journal Pediatrics, is the first to demonstrate the benefits of physical activity on blood vessel health in preschoolers.
Research now shows that painful experiences in childhood can translate into chronic pain in adulthood. These findings were published this month in The Journal of Pain which is a publication of the American Pain Society. This could be instrumental in treating emotional and physical pain in childhood in a way that could help prevent long lasting effects.
This research does not surprise me. During my work with chronic pain and fibromyalgia patients in 2004-2008, I found that the vast majority of the patients I worked with were female and were injured in some way as a child or an adolescent. There were a lot of post traumatic stress disorders, chronic depression and anxiety. My patients would tell me how they felt medically disenfranchised and looked down upon by the medical system. If they did not respond to the prescribed drug treatment regimen they often get tagged as malingerers or addicts. How sad it was to have something as subjective as pain be judged so harshly. Pain cannot be measured with a lab test or x-ray. It is through the subjective description of the results by the patient that therapy is adjusted.
Fibromyalgia, muscle pain and fatigue, is recognized as a distinct disease by arthritis doctors and the American College of Rheumatology. Yet many doctors view the same symptoms as signs of depression and still consider it a psychological condition. I am of the thought that it is in reality a complex condition that affects the mind, body and spirit of the person who experiences it. It is all encompassing and debilitating for the individual who suffers from it.