Teen risk factors lead to higher BP

Using adult blood pressure (BP) definitions, the research showed 24% of 17-year-olds were pre-hypertensive or hypertensive, while 34% of the overweight and 38% of the obese participants were in these high BP categories.

The cross-sectional analysis of 1248 participants in the Western Australian Pregnancy (Raine) study demonstrated an association between increased BP and alcohol consumption in boys and use of the oral contraceptive pill (OCP) among girls.

High salt intake, increased BMI and low levels of physical activity were also linked to higher BP.

Boys had systolic BP 9mmHg higher than girls not taking the