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Young adults face undiagnosed hypertension risk


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About 170,000 young people in England aged 16-24 unknowingly have high blood pressure.

Office for National Statistics (ONS) reports five in 100 young men and one in 100 young women affected.

Hypertension, responsible for half the heart attacks and strokes in the UK, can develop at any age.

ONS analysis shows 66% of males and 26% of females aged 16-24 with high blood pressure are undiagnosed.

Risk factors include being overweight, unhealthy diet, inactivity, excessive alcohol consumption, and smoking.

Lifestyle changes, such as reducing salt intake and exercising, can help prevent hypertension.

High blood pressure causes 10 million deaths worldwide annually, more than total COVID-related deaths in three years.

Early diagnosis and treatment of high blood pressure can be effective in controlling the condition.

Healthy blood pressure range is between 90/60mmHg and 120/80mmHg.

Experts encourage regular blood pressure checks for all adults to prevent long-term harm

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The UK's largest independent producer of official statistics and the recognised national statistical institute of the UK.

Young adults face undiagnosed hypertension risk