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Babies rapid growth linked to high blood pressure

The rate of weight gain in a babies’ first few months may help predict blood pressure as adults, British researchers found.

The baby weight gain study

Researchers at the University of Bristol tracked 679 young adults around age 25 in Britain.

Those adults who gained weight rapidly in the first 5 months after birth and again from about age 2 to 5 were more likely to have high systolic blood pressure. Immediate weight gain after birth linked to higher adult diastolic blood pressure.

The findings were independent of birth weight.

Researchers comments

Lead researcher Yoav Ben-Shlomo said, “When trying to understand why some people get high blood pressure in later life, we need to consider a life course approach that considers early life as well as adult life risk factors such as dietary salt and obesity.”

He added, “It is more important to ensure children eat a healthy diet and to encourage your children to be involved in regular exercise so that they establish sensible habits which they can maintain into their adult lives.”

The study was published in the journal Hypertension: Journal of the American Heart Association.

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