How much, and how quickly, small children gain weight could affect their blood pressure when they become adults. British researchers discovered the link after analyzing the childhood growth patterns of almost 700 young adults.
They found children who gain weight rapidly within the first five-months after birth, and from ages of two to five, are more likely to have higher systolic blood pressure as adults. Low birth weights and immediate weight gain after birth were also linked to higher blood pressure in adults.
Researchers say these findings could be useful in predicting a possible spike in high blood pressure in the future.