Family First: Kid's Blood Pressure

By: Sarah Carlson
By: Sarah Carlson

Today we're talking about blood pressure but not for the population you'd expect--- your kids!

According to the experts at UW American Family Children's Hospital.... a child's blood pressure should be checked during a routine checkup.
That's because more children today are at risk for high blood pressure, with the quickly growing obesity epidemic.

In a recent study involving 5,000 children between the ages of 10 and 19, the prevalence of hypertension increased as obesity did.
The most overweight children in this study had an 11 percent incidence.

High blood pressure, as you know, is linked to heart disease, strokes, diabetes and more.
The pediatric nephrologist at UW recommends blood pressure checks during routine doctor's visits on all kids over the age of three.


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