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Study: Almost 1 In 5 Young Adults Have High Blood Pressure

05/27/11

  03:40:22 pm, by MedBen5   , 156 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

Study: Almost 1 In 5 Young Adults Have High Blood Pressure

A study funded by the National Institutes of Health has found that nearly 1 in 5 young adults has high blood pressure, USA Today reports.

Researchers from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill asked men and women between the ages of 24 and 32 about their blood pressure history, then took pressure readings. Out of 14,000 participants, 19% had readings of 140/90 or higher, which is consider high. (120/80 or less is defined as normal.)

“We were surprised by the figure,” says Kathleen Mullan Harris, a principal investigator of the study and professor of sociology at UNC. “Nobody really knows or had known what the prevalence was of high blood pressure among young adults. This is the first estimate we have on this.”

The findings do differ significantly from an ongoing health study, the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, which found that only 4% of adults 20 to 39 have high blood pressure. Harris said they have so far been unable to account for this discrepancy.

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