Almost 2/3 of medical students have higher-than-normal blood
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Among medical students, rates of hypertension are more than twice those of members of the general public who are of the same age, a new study suggests.

The findings come from a survey and examination of first- and second-year students at DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine of Lincoln Memorial University, in Harrogate, Tennessee, and were reported here at the AHA's Hypertension 2019 Scientific Sessions.

Researchers surveyed 106 male and 105 female medical students whose ages ranged between 21 and 37, with the average age being 25.8 years. The students also provided information about tobacco use, alcohol consumption, diet, exercise habits, mental health, social support and past medical history. Their blood pressure and waistlines were measured for this study.

The study results revealed that:

-- More than 16% had elevated or ‘pre-high’ blood pressure.

-- More than 29% had stage 1 high blood pressure, defined by the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Task Force on Clinical Practice Guidelines as systolic pressure, the top number, ranging from 130 to 139 mm Hg and/or a diastolic pressure, the bottom number, ranging from 80 to 89 mm Hg.

-- Almost 18% had stage 2 high blood pressure (systolic pressure greater than or equal to 140 mm Hg and/or a diastolic pressure greater than or equal to 90 mm Hg).

-- Male students were more than 13 times more likely to develop elevated blood pressure than females.

-- Increasing waist circumference by one inch was associated with an 11% increase in developing stage 2 high blood pressure.

-- About 37% of the group had normal blood pressure.

The researchers said that it’s unclear why young men would be significantly more prone to high blood pressure than women, however, the stresses of a demanding medical education in addition to anxiety, lack of exercise, lack of sleep and/or poor diet may be contributing factors.

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People who are obliged to treat or manage Hypertension are at the verge of procuring the same. Great concern but we are surrounded by odds and no protocols for us.
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