Lifestyle Choices Affect Teens' Blood Pressure
Teens' lifestyle choices affect their blood pressure. Researchers studied more than 1,200 Australian teens and learned that about a quarter had high blood pressure or early signs of it. The condition was more common in boys, overweight or obese teens, and those who ate a high-sodium, low-potassium diet. Blood pressure was also higher in boys who drank alcohol than in those who abstained, and in girls on birth control pills compared with those not using oral contraceptives.
Source: European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, published online July 10, 2012