Hypertension in Youths Is Tied to School Success

Pair of Human Hands Checking the Blood Pressure of a Patient

High blood pressure in teens is a condition that is affecting more and more teens every day.  Obesity is one of the bigger health issues related to hypertension.  A recent survey on psychological distress and quality of life of children and their parents was held.  The results appear in  the May issue of Psychosomatic Medicine.

The results indicate that children with Hypertension were more likely to be overweight, spent more time in front of TVs or computers and were more likely to feel physically unfit.  But even after controlling for many variables, the researchers found that hypertensive children performed better in school, had higher self-esteem and were less likely to report symptoms of hyperactivity.  Parents of Hypertensive children rated their offspring as less distressed and more satisfied with their lives than did parents of children with normal blood pressure.

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