Young people saddled with debt are more likely to have high blood pressure and depression, a new study found.
"You wouldn't necessarily expect to see associations between debt and physical health in people who are so young," lead author Elizabeth Sweet said in a press release. "We need to be aware of this association and understand it better."
The study's results spell bad news for Canadian post-secondary students, who expect, on average, to graduate $26,297 in debt, according to a BMO report released earlier this week.
What's more, Statistics Canada found that Canadian household debt rates hit a record high in 2012.
Looking at 8,400 young adults, aged 24 to 32, the researchers found those with higher debt had a 1.3% increase in diastolic blood pressure. A two-point increase in diastolic blood pressure means a 17% greater risk of hypertension and a 15% higher chance of stroke.
What's more, those with high debt reported higher levels of stress and depression.
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