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Spikes in blood pressure numbers have experts concerned for kids

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A study done at Brigham and Women's Hospital has many parents on high alert.

The study, which followed thousands of children between the ages of 8 and 17, over a period of 10 years, finds that the number of kids with high blood pressure jumped by 39%.

According to the study, obesity is the major culprit, but another reason for the spike in blood pressure numbers is that there is too much salt in kid's foods.

"There's a lot of sodium contained in places you wouldn't expect, it's in yogurt, it's in processed food, it's in soup, it's even in breads, so you really got to be careful and read food labels," says Dr. Cook, a study author at Brigham and Women's Hospital.

Dr. Cook also says that it's important for kids to develop healthy habits early, because those habits could prevent premature heart attacks, stroke, and kidney disease.

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