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Blood Pressure On The Rise In Children: What Can You Do To Prevent It?

on July 13, 2012

Last month, a new study from the American Heart Association Journal put out a study that discussed the rise of high blood pressure in children in this country.  Researchers found in 1997, more than 12,600 kids were hospitalized with high blood pressure. That number nearly doubled by 2006. They are linking high blood pressure to the increase in hospitalizations amongst children.  The most shocking part about this study is that children were hospitalized for hypertension as young as 8 years old!!

Here are a few tips to reduce the risk of hypertension in your children!

1. Weight loss is most effective at reducing the blood pressure when it is combined with exercise.

2. Exercise — Regular exercise can help to lower blood pressure in children. Although exercise recommendations for an individual child may vary, general recommendations include the following:

3. Twenty to thirty minutes of aerobic exercise per day most days of the week. Aerobic exercise includes walking, swimming, and biking, but not weight lifting or strength training.

4. Sedentary activities (watching television and/or playing video and computer games) should be limited to less than two hours per day.

5. Participation in sports — Children who have controlled high blood pressure are generally allowed to participate in competitive sports. Children and adolescents with high blood pressure are advised to avoid weight lifting until the blood pressure is better controlled.

6.Exceptions to these recommendations include children with uncontrolled stage 2 hypertension, who are generally advised to avoid competitive sports.

7. Diet — Reducing salt intake and eating more fresh fruits and vegetables and low-fat dairy products can help to reduce blood pressure in children and adolescents with hypertension. When possible, the entire family should make these changes to encourage the child to develop healthy eating habits.




One response to “Blood Pressure On The Rise In Children: What Can You Do To Prevent It?

  1. Valerie Middleton says:

    Hypertension cases are increasing these days because more and more people are not caring about what they eat. :

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