One in Four U.S. Adults has High Blood Pressure

More than 59 million American adults were diagnosed with high blood pressure in 2008.  Three-quarters of them were overweight, obese, or morbidly obese.

Only about 15 percent of healthy weight adults were diagnosed with high blood pressure, and adults who exercised vigorously for 30 minutes or more at least three times a week were one-third less likely to report having high blood pressure.

According to Newswise:

“Nearly 32 percent of black adults reported having high blood pressure, compared to 27 percent of white and 18 percent of Hispanic adults.  Roughly 29 percent of adults less than 65 years old with public health insurance reported having high blood pressure, versus 19 percent with private insurance and 14 percent of the uninsured.”

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