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Study links high debt to high blood pressure in young adults

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More than 12 million people are carrying student loan debt. Now,  a new study suggest, high debt, like student loans, can be linked to health hazards like high blood pressure.

In August, the Northwestern School of Medicine released a study of 8,400 adults ages 24 -32 year-old. The study found that that 20% of the young adults who thought they had high debt, had a 1.3 percent increase in their diastolic blood pressure. A blood pressure level that doctors use to measure risk for hypertension.

9 On Your Side sat down with ECU Nephrology and Hypertension Physician Tejas Desai. Desai says he is seeing more people under the age or 40 dealing with hypertension and kidney disease. Desai says the advancements in detection, along with genetics, diet, and social stresses may be the some of the cause for the increase in numbers. After reading the study, Desai does say it is too early to make a direct link between high debt and high blood pressure, however, it is a good starting point.

“It brings up the possibility that there is a connection between having high blood pressure, or having generally poor health, and your degree of financial debt; but , it doesn’t seal the deal. There is still more investigations that need to be done to make that connection between debt and general health,” said DeSai.

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