High blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, coronary artery disease, and other cardiovascular risk factors are often blamed on bad diet or lack of exercises.
And if not lifestyle factors, then they say it’s the genes.
But a new study from by the American Health Association and published in the journal Circulation reveals another reason, one that has nothing to do with above factors.
It’s something I hope didn’t happen in your childhood, but if you’re suffering any cardiovascular related diseases, it may be.
After conducting a literature review of already published research on the subject, researchers concluded that children who experience traumatic events have a relatively high risk of obesity, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, coronary artery disease, or other cardiovascular risk factors when they grow up.
This places them at a higher risk than their peers of suffering heart attacks or strokes as adults.
Childhood adversity includes anything kids see as threats to their physical safety, families, or social survival.
These obviously include sexual, physical, or emotional abuse, but also the death of a loved one, divorce, and growing up in a household where parents are mentally ill, abuse alcohol/drugs, or display violence towards each other.
Homelessness, poverty, discrimination, the imprisonment of a parent, and living in areas with high crime rates are also on the list.
Possibly most worrying of all, bullying at school, which is disturbingly widespread, has been identified as another form of childhood adversity.
59% of American children report experiencing at least one of these. The risk is the highest for kids who experience four or more of them.
This is just one more study proving that stress is the number one cause of high blood pressure. And it doesn’t mean you’re under a stress right now. Stress gets stored in your system and unless you take actions to remove that stress, it comes out as a high blood pressure.
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