Can Children’s Retinas Predict Later Hypertension?

August 2, 2011

Pre-adolescent children whose parents have hypertension were shown to have narrower blood vessels in their retinas. This suggests the likelihood of the children having predisposition for hypertension later in life, and offers a way to screen such future problems in the children.  (Interestingly, the children also had higher BMIs than kids whose parents did not have hypertension).  Pictures of the retina were taken with a digital fundus camera and analyzed by computer.

For an abstract of the study, click here.

Risa Schulman, PhD
Expert, Healthy Food and Dietary Supplement Science, Marketing and Regulatory




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