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Experts find disturbing trend in military members’ health

June 19, 2019 - 4:00 am

KYW Newsradio’s Medical Reports are sponsored by Independence Blue Cross. 

​​​​By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The American Heart Association consistently looks at four factors when they evaluate heart disease: current tobacco smoking, weight, blood pressure and diabetes.

They also analyze diet, physical activity and total blood cholesterol.

Recently, researchers used this data to look at army soldiers in the 17-64 age range to see if they were healthier, or not as healthy as the general population with regard to heart risk.

When it came to smoking and diabetes, the soldiers fared better, but there was a disturbing trend with regard to blood pressure and ideal body weight.

The soldiers were relatively no different from the general population and only 30% of soldiers had ideal blood pressure, compared to 55% of the general public.