Association of current weight and birth weight with blood pressure levels in saharan and European teenager populations

Paolo Salvi, Charifi Meriem, Mohamed Temmar, Francesca Marino, Mahfoud Sari-Ahmed, Carlos Labat, François Alla, Laure Joly, Michel E. Safar, Athanase Benetos

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Abstract

Background: The Saharan adult population is characterized by a high prevalence of hypertension. The aim of the present study was to compare blood pressure (BP) levels in Saharan Arab-origin teenagers, in relationship with Europeans of the same age, and to assess the association with birth weight, body weight, and other anthropometric measurements.MethodsBP values, heart rate (HR), clinical parameters, and anthropometric measurements were determined in 2,057 teenagers ages 15-19, 1,122 Algerians (388 boys) and 935 Italians (407 boys). Birth weight was obtained from obstetrical records in 568 Algerians and 735 Italians.ResultsThe European teenagers were significantly taller and heavier than their Algerian counterparts. In the Algerian population, systolic BP (SBP) was higher in boys (P

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)379-386
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Journal of Hypertension
Volume23
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2010

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Keywords

  • Adolescents
  • Birth weight
  • Blood pressure
  • Epidemiology
  • Ethnic groups
  • Hypertension
  • Obesity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine

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Salvi, P., Meriem, C., Temmar, M., Marino, F., Sari-Ahmed, M., Labat, C., Alla, F., Joly, L., Safar, M. E., & Benetos, A. (2010). Association of current weight and birth weight with blood pressure levels in saharan and European teenager populations. American Journal of Hypertension, 23(4), 379-386. https://doi.org/10.1038/ajh.2009.275