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Exercising teens have healthy blood pressure

November 22, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
Teenagers who exercise are more likely to get their blood pressure under control, regardless of how much they weigh.Researchers at McGill University in Montreal found weight and exercise habits independently affected the blood pressure of the Canadian teens they studied.

The study found that for each session of exercise skipped over time, the teens saw a small increase in their blood pressure.

Gains in body fat were also linked to blood pressure increases, but excess weight did not fully account for the relationship between exercise and blood pressure changes.