Dr. Mehmet Oz is host of the popular TV show “The Dr. Oz Show.” He is a professor in the Department of Surgery at Columbia University and directs the Cardiovascular Institute and Complementary Medicine Program and New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

Dr. Mike Roizen is chief medical officer at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute, an award-winning author, and has been the doctor to eight Nobel Prize winners and more than 100 Fortune 500 CEOs.


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High Blood Pressure Hurts Kids

Thursday, 13 December 2012 06:45 AM

R&B singer Monica's duet with Brandy, "The Boy is Mine," sold more than 2 million records. But the 28-year-old never suspected her blood pressure was off the charts too! Until she passed out.

As surprising as that sounds, she's not so unusual. Eleven percent of guys and 7 percent of gals 20-34 years old have high blood pressure. But most kids and young adults don't know their blood pressure or even have it checked regularly. We docs think everyone 3 years and older should be tested annually.

Even when young adults are tested and turn out to have high blood pressure, only about 33 percent get treated. Seems that many doctors don't give them the info they need about treatment (lifestyle adjustments and meds do work) and why it's important. If untreated, HBP leads to memory loss, kidney failure, heart attack, wrinkles, sexual dysfunction, and stroke.

So, if you have a family history of HBP, don't get exercise, are overweight, under stress, and nutritionally challenged (love those fries!), realize that no matter what your age, you're at increased risk for hypertension.

The good news: Often, you can decrease HBP with our 3-M Plan: Meditate (to reduce stress), Motivate (to get yourself walking 10,000 steps a day and doing strength-building exercises two to three days a week) and Modify (eliminate the five food felons: added sugar and sugar syrups, trans fats, most saturated fats, and any grain that's not 100 percent whole).

And everybody, listen up! Know your BP numbers, and get them to 115/76 or less.

© 2012 Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D.
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Most kids and young adults don't know their blood pressure or even have it checked regularly, but some doctors think everyone 3 years and older should be tested annually.
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