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'Normal' albumin still raises hypertension risk

Apparently healthy women with levels of albumin high but within the normal range have a raised risk of hypertension, say US researchers.

Their study examined 2,179 women without hypertension or diabetes at baseline and with normal levels of urine albumin.

Among older women, those with the highest levels of albumin excretion were 76% more likely to develop hypertension than those with the lowest levels. For younger women (median age of 44 years), the increase in risk was 35%.

The association remained after adjustment for confounders, suggesting the definition of normal levels of albumin excretion needed to be altered, the researchers said.

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