Physical Activity Reduces Hypertension Risk in Young Adults

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Young adults who devote more time to physical activity have a reduced risk of developing high blood pressure in the next 15 years, according to new research.

"This is reassuring and confirming evidence that physical activity is actually causally related to hypertension," said lead author David Jacobs, Jr., Ph.D.

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Jacobs, an epidemiologist at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, and colleagues used data from a nationwide study that tracked the physical activity levels and blood pressure measurements of nearly 4,000 black and white men and women over a 15-year period.

Although previous studies have linked lack of exercise to hypertension development in middle-aged and older adults, this is the first to examine the relationship in young adults ages 18 to 30.

The study appears in the April issue of the American Journal of Public Health.

Overall, 634 adults developed hypertension, defined as having systolic pressure

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