NEW ORLEANS (UPI) -- Fifty percent of U.S. adults with high blood pressure were overweight as children, according to a study by Tulane University in New Orleans.
The study, published in Hypertension, links childhood obesity to the development of both high blood pressure and metabolic syndrome in adulthood.
Tulane University epidemiologist Sathanur Srinivasan analyzed data from 3,255 study participants who had been screened during childhood, adolescence and adulthood and found excess weight in childhood was strongly correlated with the development of high blood pressure in adulthood.
The data implies that failing to address the national trend towards overweight children could lead to an epidemic of adult high blood pressure in coming decades, according to Srinivasan.
Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of health measures including: fat around the waistline, high blood pressure, low levels of HDL "good" cholesterol, high fasting blood-sugar levels and high triglycerides.
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