Washington: If young people from the US are under high debt, their blood pressure could increase and their health could suffer, a new study has claimed.The Northwestern Medicine study found that high financial debt has been linked to higher diastolic blood pressure and poorer self-reported general and mental health in young adults.The study offers a glimpse into the impact debt may have on the health of young Americans.Elizabeth Sweet, lead author of the study, said that since the 1980s American household debt has tripled, it is important to understand the health consequences associated with debt.Researchers used data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health to explore the association between debt and both psychological and general health outcomes in 8,400 young adults, ages 24 to 32 years old.The study found that twenty percent of participants reported that they would still be in debt if they liquidated all of their assets (high debt-to-asset-ratio).
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