Obese girls suffer from more severe hypertension than obese boys during their teenage years, researchers from the University of California at Merced reported in the American Physiological Society conference. Hypertension (high blood pressure) raises the risk of subsequent stroke and heart disease.



Dr Rudy Ortiz PhD, Associate Professor of Physiology and Nutrition, and team studied 1,700 teenage boys and girls aged between 13 and 17 years. They had had their blood pressure measured during a school district health survey. Their weight, height were taken, and therefore BMI (body mass index) was also calculated.

 

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