Diabetes

Diet rich in unsaturated fat may up insulin sensitivity

(HealthDay)—A diet rich in unsaturated fat may increase insulin sensitivity in individuals who are at higher risk for cardiovascular disease, according to research published in the May issue of Diabetes Care.

Pediatrics

Community-based study IDs prevalence of HTN in children

(HealthDay)—The prevalence of prehypertension and hypertension is lower than previously reported in school-based cohorts, according to a large community-based study published online Jan. 28 in Pediatrics.

Health

Officials: US kids eat too much salt

(AP)—American children eat as much salt as adults—about 1,000 milligrams too much, or the same amount as in just one McDonald's Big Mac hamburger. Extra salt is linked with higher blood pressure, even in kids, but government ...

Cardiology

Swimming improves vascular function, BP in older adults

(HealthDay) -- Swimming exercise is associated with a decrease in blood pressure (BP) and improvements in vascular function in older adults with early hypertension, according to a study published in the April 1 issue of The ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Pediatrician creates easier way to identify kids' high BP

Pediatricians now have a new and simple way to diagnose a serious problem facing our nation's children - thanks to David Kaelber, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., MetroHealth System pediatrician, internist, and chief medical informatics ...

Prehypertension

Prehypertension is an American classification for cases where a person's blood pressure is elevated above normal but not to the level considered to be hypertension (high blood pressure). The seventh report of the Joint National Committee (JNC 7) proposed a new definition of blood pressure values below 140/90 mm Hg. Prehypertension is considered to be blood pressure readings with a systolic pressure from 120 to 139 mm Hg or a diastolic pressure from 80 to 89 mm Hg. Readings greater than or equal to 140/90 mm Hg are considered hypertension. Classification of blood pressure is based upon two or more readings at two or more separate occasions separated by at least one week.

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