20 is the new 50

Risk of heart disease grows for young Canadians

A new report says that Canadians in their 20s and 30s are now commonly at risk of heart disease—a group that has typically been mostly immune to the threat. Unsurprisingly, a combination of unhealthy habits and increasingly sedentary lifestyles has created the “perfect storm” of cardiovascular disease in Canada. Between 1994 and 2005, rates of high blood pressure among Canadians rose by 77 per cent, while diabetes rose 45 per cent, and obesity by 18 per cent. Even more troubling is that more than 250,000 Canadians in their 20s and 30s had high blood pressure, making them the newest at-risk group.

CBC News

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