Kids’ Blood Pressure Rising; Food Plays a Role
It’s not just adults who have to think about blood pressure. Children have
been experiencing high blood pressure too. A new study shows that what kids eat
can have an effect on their blood pressure reading.
In the study, children ages 3 to 6 were followed for 8 years. Those who had
four or more servings of fruit or vegetables per day, and two or more servings
of diary, were least likely to experience increases in blood pressure. This is
important, because teenagers who have high blood pressure are likely to have
high pressure as adults. Starting good habits early in life is one way to avoid
this very serious risk factor for cardiovascular disease.
Epidemiology, January 2005.