If you’re a parent, the results of a recent blood pressure study may raise yours.
The incidence of high blood pressure in children is, well, getting higher. Alarmingly high, in fact. Plus, their waistlines are getting bigger.
This means kids are at a greater risk of stroke, heart disease and kidney failure—even in their childhood. Is this really something your child should be worried about?
What can you do? Encourage and model a healthy lifestyle for your child, which emphasizes physical activity and limits salt and junk food. Plus consider regular wellness visits with a doctor, which include a blood pressure check.
The pressure’s on you, mom and dad, to help your child buck this dangerous trend.
Here are some of my other blogs on the topic:
- Child obesity risks greater than thought
- High sodium consumption increases hypertension in kids
- CV disease risk factors common among severely obese children
- Study: Hospitalizations for children with hypertension nearly double
- U.S. Teens Heading for Heart Trouble: Study
- Half of US overweight teens at risk for serious health problems
BTW, you can listen to the podcast of this news story here.
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