Too Fat Children at Risk of Hypertension

Posted: November 6, 2012 in Uncategorized

High blood pressure or hypertension is commonly referred not only to the parents, but also in children. A recent study showed that obese children triples risk of developing hypertension than children of normal weight

In its findings, the researchers from the Regenstrief Institute and Indiana University School of Medicine looked at more than 1,100 school children in Indiana for nearly five years. Researchers found that when the body mass index (BMI) reached or more than 85 percentile – as a marker of excess weight – risk of hypertension nearly tripled.

Among study participants, 14 percent of children are overweight or obese are included in the pre-hypertension or hypertension, compared with 5 percent of children with normal weight. These findings are consistent either from age, gender and race.

The average child involved in the study was 10.2 years. Every child is valued at around eight times during the study. All are healthy children and no one taking blood pressure medication.

“High blood pressure that occurs in childhood would be risky to continue in adulthood. Required intervention for children with obesity. Though only weight loss but a slightly beneficial for health,” said Wanzhu Tu, Ph.D, professor of Biostatistics, IU School of Medicine, as well as head of research.

Researchers found that leptin, a protein hormone involved in the regulation of body weight and metabolism, is linked to increased blood pressure and obesity.

“Now we see a significantly greater risk of hypertension in children with overweight and obesity. However we do not know what makes the blood pressure go up when there is an increase in BMI percentil and mechanisms involved in the process.


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