Stressed Out Kids Have Higher Heart Risks

As a kid, the hardest life gets is trying to decide whether to play video games, pick your nose or jump on the bed, but a new study in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine reveals teenagers who endure a lot of interpersonal stress, like family problems and harassment by peers, had increased blood levels of C-reactive protein, linked to chronic inflammation leading to cardiovascular disease as adults. Scientists asked 69 high school seniors to keep daily records of interpersonal strife for two weeks and discovered daily stress-inducers boosted C-reactive protein levels; Reuters investigates.

The association between childhood and adult health is becoming more and more obvious. Last week, research by the American Heart Association discovered overweight children as young as 3 can begin showing signs of heart disease, such as higher C-reactive protein levels. Another report claimed young adults told they have heart problems may have a 91% chance of developing cardiovascular disease.

In related news, young and middle-aged African Americans living in the United States were found to be 20 times more likely to suffer heart failure than white Americans.

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