A new study that has been conducted by the National Institutes of Health has found that high blood pressure in African-American men may be caused by the environment that they grew up in. The results showed that there may be a link between how many parents there were in the home and men’s blood pressure numbers. Men who grew up in two-parent homes had lower blood pressures than those who grew up with a single parent.
How we are raised as children and the structure of our families has a significant impact on our health as adults whether we realize it or not. This was the first study that was conducted to show a link between the health of an African-American man and the family environment that he grew up with. It was published in the December issue of a medical journal called Hypertension.
During the study the researchers looked at 515 African-American men and their blood pressures. They checked their levels and looked for any incidences of high blood pressure. They found that the men who had grown up in a home with two parents were 46% less likely to be diagnosed with hypertension than those with single parents. It made no difference as to whether the single parent was a mother or father.
While they did not have a scientific explanation as to why this happens they did have a theory that those who grew up in single family homes tended to live in poverty. This meant that they ate poorly, did not have the access to medical care that others may have had, and home life may be more stressful. Obviously this is not indicative of every single parent home, but more the majority.