Obesity increases hypertension risk in children, study finds

10/3/2011 | Google

A study of 1,100 children showed those who were overweight or obese were almost three times more likely to suffer from high blood pressure, compared with their leaner counterparts. Researchers said the hormone leptin, which regulates body weight and metabolism, was linked to increased blood pressure in the children. The findings appear in the journal Hypertension.

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