Study: Almost 1 in 5 young adults has hypertension

May 26, 2011 9:53:47 AM PDT
A new study shows a disturbing trend about young people and hypertension.

Close to one in every five young adults has high blood pressure according to a new study out of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

Researchers studied more than 14,000 people aged 24 to 32.

To make matters worse, most of the participants in the study had no idea they had a health problem.

Researchers believe the increase can be attributed largely to the obesity epidemic in America - combined with diets high in sodium-laden processed foods and very little exercise.