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Children and High Blood Pressure

Posted Jun 01 2009 12:00am

Keeping with the theme of athletes and heart health , there was a very interesting report on our local CBC evening news program . It seems that along with diabetes, another result of the growing epidemic of obesity is the sudden increase of high blood pressure in children ages 5 and 6 years.

Part of the increase is blamed on the overabundance of fast food outlets, and the fact that it has increased from being an occasional treat to becoming a regular part of kid’s diets. But along with diet, another reason that was given was genetics.

As reported by Pediatric Cardiologist Christina Templeton, people in our part of the world are descendants of survivors of the great potato famine of the mid 1800’s. It seems that our deep Irish and English ancestry are partly to blame. If you think about it, it makes sense. During that time in history, the people who survived the famine and didn’t die of starvation were the people who were genetically predisposed to efficiently store calories.

So as with striving for excellence in athletics, being heart healthy is a matter of eating a healthy balanced diet, exercising regularly, and choosing the correct parents.

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