Childhood Obesity Quadruples Chances of Adult Hypertension: Study

Even being overweight when young was found to double high blood pressure risk in long-term study

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Other research found that measuring the sodium levels of a child's urine can help doctors identify those at risk for adult hypertension.

Doctors used a urine screen to test the amount of sodium retention in a group of 19 children. Sodium retention increases fluid in the blood vessels, which can raise blood pressure.

Eight children were found to be retaining sodium, and of those kids, seven also had high blood pressure.

"Hypertension is no longer an adult disease," senior researcher Gregory Harshfield, director of the Institute of the Georgia Prevention Center at the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University in Augusta, explained in the news release.

The data and conclusions of research presented at medical meetings should be viewed as preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal.

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For more on childhood obesity, go to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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