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Slovak MPs in poor health

SLOVAKIA'S legislators are troubled by health problems such as obesity, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. This was the conclusion drawn from medical tests that were performed on 87 of parliament's 150 MPs in December 2006.

SLOVAKIA'S legislators are troubled by health problems such as obesity, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. This was the conclusion drawn from medical tests that were performed on 87 of parliament's 150 MPs in December 2006.

Only 12 MPs didn't show any risk factors; one to six health risks were discovered in all the rest.

The tests confirmed that the number of health risks discovered increased with age.

Metabolic problems were found in 22 MPs, while high cholesterol levels were found in 34. Smokers were in the worst health.

Nurses also diagnosed 51 MPs with high blood pressure, although only 39 are being treated for it. The others did not know that they had been suffering from this problem.

Over 66 percent of the MPs who took the tests have problems with their weight. Out of these, 47.1 percent are overweight and 19.5 percent are obese.

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