High Blood Pressure in Young Adults Linked to Poor Cognitive Function Later On

Posted 04/08/2015 | By HealthCorps

Young people with cardiac risk factors like high blood pressure or high blood sugar levels were shown to have significantly worse cognition later in life, according to a 2014 study by researchers at the University of San Francisco. This study supports the theory that lifetime habits have cumulative impact. So risk factors that develop (due to lifestyle choices that start in childhood, teen years or young adulthood), are clearly “set in motion” because of these early-in-life choices and habits. That also means that if we intercept those behaviors early on in life, we can minimize poor health outcomes.

HealthCorps is based on a model of inspiring teens to embrace healthier lifestyle habits. A study like this suggests that if we can successfully change teen diet and exercise patterns, help them to manage stress, and inspire better sleep patterns, we can likely limit risk of heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, certain cancers, arthritis and other disease that occur due to cumulative impact of certain lifestyle choices.

-Amy Hendel, PA/HealthCoach

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