Well­ness Arti­cles

Children’s Blood Pres­sure Ris­ing

In the May 5, 2004 issue of the Jour­nal of the Amer­i­can Med­ical Asso­ci­a­tion comes a study report that shows that blood-​pressure lev­els are ris­ing among young Amer­i­cans. The study, sug­gested that the increase is par­tially attrib­ut­able to an increased preva­lence of chil­dren being overweight.

More than 5,500 chil­dren were involved in the study. All of the chil­dren were between the age of 8 to 17. The study was taken from 1988 to 1994 and again in 1999 and 2000. In that span of time, the blood pres­sure read­ings for the group had risen from an aver­age blood pres­sure read­ing of 10458 to an aver­age of 10661.

Paul Munt­ner of Tulane Uni­ver­sity in New Orleans, chief author of the report, com­mented, “These results sug­gest that in another 10 to 20 years we will be fac­ing much higher rates of hyper­ten­sion, heart dis­ease and stroke as these chil­dren become adults.” He con­tin­ued by say­ing, ” We assume a lot of the increase in blood pres­sure lev­els is related to changes in the way chil­dren are eat­ing and exercising.”

In the report, researchers said less than 30 per­cent of the over­all blood-​pressure increase noted in the study can be attrib­uted to weight gain. The study rec­om­mended fight­ing high blood pres­sure among chil­dren and ado­les­cents with pro­grams that include weight con­trol, increased phys­i­cal activ­ity, and changes in diet. “Such inter­ven­tions could have a pro­foundly pos­i­tive impact on the preva­lence of high blood pres­sure in the United States,” the report said.

Ran­dom Article

A Novem­ber 7, 2001 report on a study con­ducted by the Inter­na­tional Chi­ro­prac­tic Pedi­atric Asso­ci­a­tion showed that a chi­ro­prac­tic tech­nique known as the

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