UNC Study Shows Nearly 1 in 5 Young People Have High Blood Pressure
A new study from the University of North Carolina’s Carolina Population Center in Chapel Hill, NC shows that nearly 19% of young adults have high blood pressure, and only half of them are even aware that they have this condition.
However, the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey from 2007 to 2008 showed that only 4% of young people, between the ages of 20 and 39, had high blood pressure. The exact reason behind why there was such a gap in the study results is unknown, especially since both were carried out by reputable research bodies. However, experts say that the actual number lies somewhere in between the two percentages.
“The Message is clear”, said Kathleen Mullan Harris of Add Health. “Young adults and the medical professionals they visit shouldn’t assume they’re not old enough to have high blood pressure. This is a condition that leads to chronic illness, premature death and costly medical treatment”.
Add Health, short for Adolescent Health, is one of the first organizations to focus solely on the health of young people, and they have been tracking cardiovascular disease risk factors, like high blood pressure, in their specified age group since 1995.
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