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Study: High Blood Pressure Rising in U.S. Kids and Teens

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In a recent report by NBC News, blood pressure in America’s kids and teens has gone sky-high, creating a young generation at risk for serious health problems, including heart disease, stroke — and worse.

The study equates high blood pressure in kids to the childhood obesity epidemic and having too much sodium in their diet. Because of changes in the food supply and increased consumption of processed foods, the dietary sodium intake has increased in U.S. children. Current dietary guidelines for Americans recommend that adults in general should consume less than 2,300 milligrams of sodium per day. In the study, more than 80 percent of the children had a daily sodium intake of more than 2,300 milligrams.

Researchers suggest that children with elevated blood pressure should adopt healthy lifestyle changes, such as eating a healthier diet and engaging in more physical activity.