High blood pressure is known to afflict more people on their prime age of 40 to 65. The primary contributor to this nature of blood pressure is the decreased elasticity of the blood vessel as person ages. A less elastic blood vessel wall is less flexible and can’t accommodate the changing blood volumes. Because of this, the expansion of the blood vessel walls becomes limited during periods of increased blood volumes. This ultimately leads to high blood pressure.
Another mechanism in which blood pressure rises is through an increase in uric acid levels in the body. This can make the blood viscous making it thick causing increased blood volume. This results to an increase in the blood pressure levels. Today, experts have identified excessive uric acid levels as one of the leading cause of the early onset of hypertension.
It’s quite alarming that nowadays even teenagers and young kids are experiencing high blood pressure because of the excessive uric acid they acquired from what they eat. It’s also worth mentioning that high blood pressure is also a risk factor for gout. So when children have high uric acid levels and subsequently develop high blood pressure, it’s not a long shot for gout to develop as well. In order to understand this link between high uric acid levels and blood pressure, please read the following excerpts from an article entitled “Teens With Abnormal Levels Of Uric Acid At Increased Risk For Hypertension”. The article discusses the expert’s perspective on this alarming health issue.
Although the findings do not establish a cause-and-effect link between uric acid and high blood pressure, they point to uric acid as one potential mechanism, or at least a biomarker, of disease, the researchers report in the journal Hypertension. “High blood pressure is no longer an adult disease and is an increasingly common problem among children today. These findings illuminate one potential pathway in the development of hypertension in the young and suggests a way for detection and treatment,” says lead investigator Lauren Loeffler, M.D., M.H.S., a nephrologist at Hopkins Children’s.
Uric acid, whose build-up in the body is known to trigger painful gout attacks, has already been implicated in a constellation of adult conditions, ranging from hypertension, heart disease and stroke to diabetes and chronic kidney disease.