Lack of nutrition as a child will result in hypertension when adult
Providing adequate nutrition for children as a child not only affect growth, but also has an impact on the disease that can be owned in the future. A recent study revealed that children who have nutritional deficiencies or malnutrition as a child are more susceptible to high blood pressure or hypertension as adults.
Researchers reveal that poor nutrition from child birth to five years old are very important for heart development. Therefore, when a child experience nutritional deficiencies at that age they will be more likely to experience health problems with their heart and cardiovascular system.
“If nutrition and nutritional needs are not being met at this time, the body structure will change and become more prone to problems, especially on heart health and blood flow,” said lead researcher Terrence Forrester of the University of the West Indies, as reported by Healthy Living (30 / 06).
Forrester further explained that often many people who are malnourished as a child and have a high risk of developing hypertension as adults. Even so, it should be noted that this study links the lack of nutrition with hypertension, not a lack of food consumed by the child as a child.
These results were found after researchers made observation on 116 adults in Jamaica who were malnourished as a child. Researchers then compared them with 45 men and women who were not malnourished as a child.
This study revealed that adults who experience malnourished have higher risks for developing high blood pressure than adults who grew up with food and adequate nutrition. Heart in adult with childhood malnutrition also work less efficiently compared with those not malnourished.
We all know that high blood pressure is associated with risk of stroke and heart disease that are high. Therefore, to make the child protected from serious illnesses such as high blood pressure and stroke in the future, meet the nutritional needs of children from an early age.