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Eating Out Frequently May Be Linked To High Blood Pressure

A small fries is seen at a McDonald's restaurant in Tokyo, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014.  McDonald's in Japan has begun limiting the serving size of fries as stocks of spuds run short due to labor disruptions on the U.S. West Coast. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
A small fries is seen at a McDonald’s restaurant in Tokyo, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

 

(University Herald) – There may be an association between meals eaten away from home and high blood pressure, according to a recent study.

Researchers from the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore found that eating out have been shown to be associated with higher caloric intake, higher saturated fat intake and higher salt intake. These eating patterns are thought to cause high blood pressure.

High blood pressure, or hypertension, is the leading risk factor for death associated with cardiovascular disease worldwide. Studies have shown that young adults with pre-hypertension, or slightly elevated blood pressure, are at very high risk of hypertension.

For the study, researchers surveyed 501 university-going young adults aged 18 to 40 years in Singapore. Data on blood pressure, body mass index and lifestyle, including meals eaten away from home and physical activity levels, were collected. Their association with hypertension was then determined.

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