Researchers at University of California have found that people who earn less have a higher risk of suffering from high blood pressure with the risk more prominent among women and those who are between 25 and 44 years of age.
The researchers followed up more than 5,650 couples three times over a period of three years and on comparing wages with blood pressure levels; they found that low wages increased the risk of a hypertension diagnosis by 16 percent.
The researchers concluded that doubling the wages could reduce the risk of hypertension among 30 percent of young employees and 35 percent of women.
"Wages are part of the employment environment that easily can be changed. Policymakers can raise the minimum wage, which tends to increase wages overall and could have significant public-health benefits", lead researcher J Paul Leigh said.