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Obesity Driving up Hypertension Rates

Posted on Tuesday, October 14, 2008 at 05:29PM by Registered CommenterPennino Corp. CEO | Comments1 Comment | References35 References

Oct. 14 (Bloomberg) -- Obesity is driving rising rates of hypertension in the U.S., with the stroke-causing condition affecting almost three in 10 Americans, researchers found.

A 1999-2004 survey found 28.9 percent of U.S. adults had high blood pressure when measured on an age-standardized basis, the most ever recorded, according to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. The number increased from 24.4 percent in 1988- 1994, according to the study reported today in Hypertension: Journal of the American Heart Association.

High blood pressure increases the risk of developing heart disease, stroke and other serious conditions, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. The researchers said being overweight or obese accounted for part of the increase in high blood pressure among different age and race/ethnicity groups. Two-thirds of Americans are considered overweight or obese, the CDC has said.

``We see that much of the magnitude in men is accounted for by obesity, but less so in women, possibly because of some unexplored changes in risk factors for hypertension,'' Paul D. Sorlie, co-author of the study and epidemiology branch chief in the institute's division of prevention and population sciences, said in a statement.

The rates increased in all age groups starting at age 40 in women and 60 in men, Sorlie and colleagues said in a statement today. During 1999-2004, 72 percent of Americans with hypertension were aware they had the disorder, 61 percent were undergoing treatment, and 35 percent had their blood pressure under control.

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