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High blood pressure more common in kids; researchers blame salt

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Doctors say they are diagnosing more kids with high blood pressure, and researchers believe it's because children are eating more salt.

Researchers tracked children from 8 to 17 years old for nine years and found that more than 80 percent ate more than the recommended amount of sodium.

Those who ate the most salt were more than 35 percent more likely have higher blood pressure.

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