Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) uncovered that not only do approximately 67 million American adults have high blood pressure but also more than half of them aren't controlling it properly with medication and lifestyle changes. Having uncontrolled high blood pressure increases the risk of heart attack, stroke, and dying prematurely.
Just when you think things can't get worse, CDC just announced that the problem has trickle down to America's youth. In an article published in the journal, Pediatrics, CDC researchers looked at the diets of over 6,200 American children and teens and uncovered that 15 percent of them already had elevated or full-fledged high blood pressure. Those children in the study who consumed higher amounts of sodium were at a higher risk for high blood pressure, and if they were also overweight or obese, it made the matter worse. Unfortunately, about 37% of the children in the study were overweight. Having high blood pressure in childhood sets the stage for entering adulthood with the same health issue.