Did You Know?: 1-in-5 Young Adults Have High Blood Pressure
We typically associate high blood pressure with middle age. But did you know that many young adults, too, are more likely to have high blood pressure than we might assume?
Researchers at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill looked at more than 14,000 young adults between the ages of 24 to 32 and found that nearly one-in-five had high blood pressure. Thatís around 20%.
The causes are the same as they are for older adults: poor diet, obesity, and sedentary lifestyles.
The researchers were particularly alarmed to find that more than half of the study subjects didnít know that they had high blood pressure.
High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a major risk factor for heart disease, which can lead to heart attack and stroke. Although high blood pressure can be hereditary, in many cases it can be prevented or treated with healthier lifestyle choices.
And now you know.
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