Born prematurely? Here’s another reason to look after your health: you may have a higher risk of developing high blood pressure.

A new study led by the Liggins Institute has found that 18-year-old women born preterm (before 37 weeks of gestation) are almost twice as likely to have high blood pressure, even at this young age, as those born at term.

Co-researcher and Liggins Institute Professor Wayne Cutfield, who is also Director of A Better Start National Science Challenge says: “Health professionals can help people born preterm to stay well by supporting them to make healthier lifestyle choices, while keeping a closer eye on their blood pressure from adolescence.” Read the media release from the Liggins Institute here.

Read the article in the Journal of the American Heart Foundation: Preterm Birth is Associated With Increased Blood Pressure in Young Adult Women.