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Most High Blood Pressure in Children and Teenagers is Linked with Unhealthy Lifestyle

[Source: Science Daily]

Inactivity, diets high in sugar and salt, and excess weight account for nine in ten cases of high blood pressure in children and adolescents, according to a consensus paper by heart health experts published today in European Heart Journal, a journal of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). The document, which focuses on hypertension in 6 to 16 year-olds, recommends that families get healthy together.

“Parents are significant agents of change in the promotion of children’s health behaviors,” said first author Professor Giovanni de Simone of the University of Naples Federico II, Italy. “Very often, high blood pressure and/or obesity coexist in the same family. But even when this is not the case, it is desirable that lifestyle modifications involve all family members.”

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