Rising Blood Pressure in Kids - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/4/04

Rising Blood Pressure in Kids

Study after study warns that America's kids are gaining weight. But here's something new many of us haven't connected with that.

Kids who are packing on the pounds are also pushing up their blood pressure, and that's sending up a red flag in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

"Blood pressure levels have increased significantly among children and adolescents over the past 15 years in the United States," says Dr. Paul Muntner, Tulane University.

Dr. Muntner also says the challenge now is to reduce this trend by getting kids to exercise more, use less salt, and get doctors to take their blood pressure at every visit.

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