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Young people heavily into debt suffer from high pressure. A study of over 8,000 people between the ages of 24 and 32 years found that high financial debt was associated with higher diastolic blood pressure and poorer self-reported general and mental health.

health and fitness Updated: Aug 25, 2013 00:17 IST
Hindustan Times
Blood pressure

Debt causes BP spikes in the young

Young people heavily into debt suffer from high pressure. A study of over 8,000 people between the ages of 24 and 32 years found that high financial debt was associated with higher diastolic blood pressure and poorer self-reported general and mental health.

In a peek at how debt may impact physical health, the study found that those with higher debt were found to have a 1.3% increase in diastolic blood pressure. People with high compared to low debt reported 11.7% higher levels of perceived stress and 13.2% higher depressive symptoms, report researchers in the journal Social Science and Medicine.


Bullying causes health, money, social problems

Children who are bullied grow up depressed and have low self-esteem as adults. A new study shows that they have problems in just about every other area as well — physical health, social relationships, education, and even employment.

A study of over 1,400 children in North Carolina in the US from the age of 9 to 25 years found than when compared to those not exposed to bullying at all, those who’d been victims or bullies had a harder time in just about every measure. The most dramatic effect was for people who’d been both bullies and victims — this group faired significantly worse as adults, and were more likely to have a serious illness, drop out of school, have inconsistent employment, smoke, and be obese.


Exercise cuts erectile dysfunction risk

Hitting the gym can help men avoid diet-induced erectile dysfunction by improving both erectile dysfunction and the function of vessels that supply blood to the heart. Studies on rats fed on a “Western diet” — high in sugar and with nearly half its calories from fat — and another group given healthy standard rat chow. Half of the animals in each group exercised five days a week, running intervals on a treadmill.

At the end of 12 weeks, the sedentary rats on the Western diet developed erectile dysfunction and poorly relaxing coronary arteries, an indicator of poor heart health. Those who ate unhealthy food but exercised staved off these problems, while animals who ate healthy and exercised stayed the healthiest, reported researchers online in the American Journal of Physiology.


Soft drinks make children aggressive

Soft drinks may cause young children to become aggressive and develop attention problems, reported a study of 3,000 children in The Journal of Pediatrics. The study found that the child’s aggressive behavior score increased with every increase in soft drinks servings per day.

Soft drink consumption was linked to higher levels of aggressive behaviour, as well as more attention and withdrawal problems. Over 40% of the children had a minimum of one serving a day, while 4% who had four or more. Previous research has linked drinking more than one soft drink a day to higher risk of obesity, heart disease and diabetes.


Low iron raises dementia risk

Low iron levels in blood and anaemia increase risk for dementia, reports the journal Neurology.

Anaemia occurs when the number of red blood cells or concentrations of haemoglobin, the oxygen-carrying protein inside red blood cells, is low (less than 13.5 gram/100 ml for men, and 12 gram/100 ml for women). The study of 2,552 adults between the ages of 70 and 79, required the adults to participate in memory and thinking tests over 11 years. People with anaemia had a 41% higher risk of developing dementia compared with those who were not anaemic.

There are several explanations for the link. For one, anaemia is a marker for poor health in general. For another, reductions in oxygen supply to the brain could cause neural damage and reduce memory and thinking abilities.