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Teens with high blood pressure have less distress, better quality of life
Date:5/3/2013

Philadelphia, Pa. (May 3, 2012) Teenagers with high blood pressure appear to have better psychological adjustment and enjoy higher quality of life than those with normal blood pressure, suggests a study in the May issue of Psychosomatic Medicine: Journal of Biobehavioral Medicine, the official journal of the American Psychosomatic Society. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health.

"This is the first report linking elevated blood pressure to quality of life and psychosocial adaptation in a large epidemiological study of adolescents," according to the report by Dr Angela Berendes of University of Gttingen, Germany, and colleagues. The authors speculate on some possible reasons for their surprising resultsincluding "repressed emotions" or even a "stress-dampening effect" of high blood pressure (hypertension).

High Blood Pressure Linked to Better Quality of Life in Teens

The researchers analyzed data on blood pressure, quality of life, and psychological distress in approximately 7,700 teenagers from a German nationwide study. Overall 10.7 percent of the teens had high blood pressurea rate about twice as high as expected.

Not surprisingly, adolescents with hypertension were more likely to be obese and less physically fit than those with normal blood pressure. They spent more time watching TV or playing video games and had more adverse health behaviors, including alcohol consumption.

But unexpectedly, teens with high blood pressure were better off in several waysincluding being more academically successful than those with normal blood pressure. Qua
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Contact: Connie Hughes
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646-674-6348
Wolters Kluwer Health
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