Nearly one in five young adults may have high blood pressure, according to an analysis of a new government supported study.
And many don’t know it.
This is a significant leap from a previous study that found about 4 percent of young adults have high blood pressure.
Researchers from the new study were unable to explain the increase in numbers, according to a news release from the National Institutes of Health, which helped fund the study.
More than 14,000 men and women, ages 24 to 32, enrolled in the study conducted by Kathleen Mullan Harris, Ph.D., principal investigator, and colleagues at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The study’s first author was Quynh C. Nguyen, of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health.
Although 11 percent of the participants had been previously told they had high blood pressure by a health professional, 19 percent met the threshold. Researchers defined hypertension as 140/90 mm of mercury or greater.
People can lower their blood pressure by taking the following steps:
- Eat healthy meals
- Reduce sodium in diet
- Maintain healthy weight
- Limit alcohol
- Quit smoking
Source: National Institutes of Health
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