May 31, 2011
Nearly one in five U.S young adults may have high blood pressure, U.S. researchers report.
These findings by a team at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are in contrast to a federal government study which suggests only four percent of young adults may have high blood pressure.
The group analyzed data on more than 14,000 men and women between 24 and 32-years-old.
They found 19% had elevated blood pressure.
And only half of these individuals had been told by their doctor they had it.
The team considered several explanations for the discrepancy, however no one could account for the gap.
Study authors say this one study shouldn't lead to a revision of health policy or assessment.
They believe it is a signal that further research may be needed.
Findings appear in the journal, Epidemiology.