Home Health Parents News Now Single Parenting, Hypertension Linked in Minority Families Single Parenting, Hypertension Linked in Minority Families By Holly Lebowitz Rossi December 19, 2013 Advertisement Save Pin FB More Tweet Email Send Text Message Print shutterstock_159426503 30691 Researchers studied 515 black men older than 20 between 2001 and 2008. More than half of the men had high blood pressure and about one-third never lived with both parents. After adjusting for age, family history of hypertension and other variables, they found that compared with men who never lived with both parents, men who had lived with both parents at any time in their lives had an average systolic blood pressure that was 4.9 millimeters of mercury lower. Among those who had lived with both parents for between one and 12 years, the average was 6.5 millimeters of mercury lower. The authors acknowledge that living with both parents may be connected to higher socioeconomic status, which could influence blood pressure, and that the study can draw no conclusions about causality. Still, the lead author, Debbie S. Barrington, a senior research fellow at the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, said it is a provocative finding. "The magnitude of the effect is very large," she said, "even stronger than the effect of certain blood pressure medications." Image: Mother and child, via Shutterstock By Holly Lebowitz Rossi Save Pin FB More Tweet Email Send Text Message Print Comments Add a Comment Be the first to comment! No comments yet. Advertisement Close this dialog window Add a comment Single Parenting, Hypertension Linked in Minority Families Add your comment... Cancel Submit Success! Thanks for adding your feedback.