The effects of stress on children — and the potential effects on blood pressure — have been a source of great concern to health professionals. Blood pressure spikes are linked to a number of adverse health outcomes. However, even if people have these risk factors, they can still overcome the odds by leading a healthy lifestyle.
· A study indicates that a stressful childhood will increase risk of high blood pressure in adulthood.
· Triggers for childhood stress include abuse or neglect, growing up in a dysfunctional family, and being raised at a lower socioeconomic status.
· When parents have high blood pressure before age 55, their children are also at high risk.
People might be able to overcome childhood stress if they address other risk factors for high blood pressure, Su said. These include eating right, exercising, quitting smoking, cutting back on drinking and reducing their current stress levels.
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