Alcohol tied to hypertension in teenagers

Alcohol tied to hypertension in teenagers

Chi Le-Ha, of Royal Perth Hospital in Australia, and colleagues, reported in an Australian longitudinal study covering 1,248 adolescents that among 17-year-old boys, those drinking alcohol or with a higher and unhealthy body weight, had higher systolic blood pressure. 

The authors commented that “These substantial differences in systolic blood pressure…between those with a healthier versus a less favorable lifestyle pattern are likely to significantly affect their risk of both ischemic heart disease and stroke in adulthood”

The study was supported by the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia.  Core management of the Raine Study is funded by the University of Western Australia (UWA), the Raine Medical Research Foundation, the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research, the UWA Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry, and Health Sciences, the Women and Infants Research Foundation, and Curtin University. 

Study by Le-Ha C, et al “Oral contraceptive use in girls and alcohol consumption in boys are associated with increased blood pressure in late adolescence” as published by the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology 2012; DOI: 10.1177/2047487312452966.  As reported by MedPage Today on July 12, 2012.

Posted: Monday 16 July 2012