Oct 6, 2011

Children who are obese prone to high blood pressure

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GladChild: Risk of developing hypertension or high blood pressure in children increased in children who are overweighting (obese). The risk of children having high blood pressure almost 3-fold if the body mass index (BMI) reaches and exceeds the 85 percentile.

If you have children who are overweight and there is a small increase in BMI, the increased risk of hypertension will be quite dramatic. At the same time, if able to reduce BMI percentile even though only a few, it actually will be seen a lot of benefits on blood pressure, Wanzhu said Tu, PhD, a professor of biostatistics at the Indiana University School of Medicine, as reported by the Health Indianapolis on Thursday October 6, 2011.

The relationship between blood pressure and overweight in children and adults could no longer deny. But the study is the first study conducted in children to investigate how blood pressure varies across the full spectrum of body sizes.

Sharp increase in risk of hypertension and prehypertension in the 85th percentile is a very noticeable improvement, said Bonita Falkner, MD, a professor of medicine and pediatrics from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.

Doctors generally consider that overweight is the beginning of obesity are relatively harmless to children. Obesity was defined if BMI at 95th percentile or more. But the new findings show that, being overweight should be considered a serious problem.

Recent studies have shown that, due to damage to the body by high blood pressure such as heart enlargement, increased vascular stiffness, and altered mental function begins in childhood and adolescence, says Falkner.

There's some pretty good evidence that if children are overweight with high blood pressure if they can lose weight, then blood pressure will change for the better. But the problem is weight loss in children who are overweight is very difficult, said dr. Falkner.

The study has involved 1111 children with diverse socioeconomic in Indianapolis between the ages of 4-17 years. The researchers followed the progress of children for an average of 4.5 years. During the 4.5 years that the researchers measured blood pressure and BMI of children is about 2 times a year.

The surge in the risk of hypertension and prehypertension in the 85 percentile seen in all age groups, and in young men and women, and children of blacks and whites.

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