Family Structure Linked to High Blood Pressure among African-American Men


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A National Institutes of Health research shows African-American boys who grew up in two-parent homes were less likely to have high blood pressure as adults compared to those raised by a single parent.

According to Dan Kastner, M.D., Ph.D., scientific director, National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), family structure is one of the environmental influences that, along with genes, determine health as adults. The study is published in the December issue of the journal Hypertension.


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