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High Blood Pressure on the Rise in Children

A study in Hypertension demonstrates that “prevalence rates of elevated blood pressure (BP) are increasing over time” in children. Researchers determined that the overall risk of elevated BP had risen 27% for children and teens between 1994 and 2008. The study focused on 11,638 children aged 8 to 17 whose data was recorded by National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys.  The researchers concluded that their findings “demonstrate an association between high [sodium] intake and elevated BP in children.”

Read the study in Hypertension.