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Cardiometabolic profile of young adults with intellectual disability
  1. Niall McKenna1,
  2. Michael Brown2
  1. 1Nursing and Midwifery, Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences, Queen's University Belfast, Belfast, UK
  2. 2Queen's University Belfast, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Belfast, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Michael Brown, Queens University Belfast School of Nursing and Midwifery, Belfast, UK; m.j.brown{at}

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Commentary on: Zwack CC, McDonald R, Tursunalieva A, Lambert GW, Lambert EA. Exploration of diet, physical activity, health knowledge and the cardiometabolic profile of young adults with intellectual disability. J Intellect Disabil Res. 2022 Jun;66(6):517-532. doi: 10.1111/jir.12917. Epub 2022 Feb 9.

Implications for practice and research

  • Adults with intellectual disabilities need education and additional support to increase daily physical activity and improve their diets.

  • Longitudinal studies are required to identify how adults with intellectual disabilities apply nutrition and activity-related knowledge and the supports that work to reduce cardiometabolic disease.


Research evidence details the significant health needs and inequalities experienced by many people with intellectual disabilities that contribute to their poor physical and mental health. While life expectancy has increased, …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.