About 1 in 5 young adults have high blood pressure

May 25, 2011 2:10:15 PM PDT
An alarming number of young adults have problems with high blood pressure. New figures show close to 20 percent of young adults have high blood pressure.

The findings published online in Epidemiology are significantly higher than other recent research from another large ongoing study.

The participants were between the ages of 24 and 32.

Scientists say these numbers are worrisome since hypertension is known to increase with age. And that will certainly lead to substantial cardiovascular disease as aging occurs.

Researchers blame salt and sugar-packed processed foods and say young adults need to get moving and making healthier food choices.