Monday, June 18, 2012

Increase in Hospitalizations for Kids with Hypertension


It is a well known fact that l-arginine supplements can help lower blood pressure and thus maintain a healthy heart, however it’s also a well know fact that America has some of the highest blood pressure statistics in the world. It’s a sad state of affairs if you ask us at Erase Disease, and considering this new study that we came across this morning, it’s not getting any better. High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, now affects more children than we ever expected.

Kids and Hypertension
According to CNN, a new study has emerged showing a dramatic increase in hospitalizations for children with hypertension. In 1997 there were 12,661 hospitalizations for children with high blood pressure. In 2006 that number had risen to 24,602, nearly doubling.

Now, this might not be new news to many of us in the heart conscious industry, however what is surprising is the numbers that come after the hospitalization stats; the costs of hospitalizations in the 10 years reviewed reached an estimated $3.1 billion! That’s billion, with a ‘B.’

According to the study via CNN, kids with hypertension stayed in the hospital for up to 8 days, which is double that of non-hypertensive kids admitted.

The cause? Many involved with the study point to the rising obesity and diabetes epidemic that we face today in America, and it’s remarkably depressing affect on kids between the ages of 9 and 18.

A Parent’s Responsibility
A child’s eating and exercising habits are formed young, and most often characterized by what their parents do. Healthy parents are more likely to have healthy kids, and visa versa. So, parents it’s you time to get healthy. If high blood pressure runs in your family, take your arginine supplements, maintain a healthy diet and get active. Show your kids that it doesn’t have to run your life nor be your fate.

Here are some great tips to instilling a healthy mindset with your kids:

1.       Play Time – I know it doesn’t sound like exercise, and that’s what makes it so perfect. Play with your kids! Avoid video games or movies, I’m talking actual outdoors, running around, getting dirty, play. Play catch, basketball, go swimming, visit a bounce gym, ride bikes, go hiking, play tag, even hide-and-seek is an active game that will get you and your kids moving.

2.       Snack Time – Every kid I know wants a snack when they come home from school, and every parent wants to snack when they get home from work. So, instill healthy snacking habits right from the very start. Instead of chips and cookies have bananas, ants on a log, watermelon or strawberries.
Start young with your kids by staying healthy yourself. Set the example for them!

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