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Black men in single-parent households more likely to suffer from heart problems

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Dating and being intimate is one thing. Staying committed and together in a relationship is another. When kids are involved, the situation is a lot more complex.

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But according to a Reuters Health study, children's health may be suffering more from single-parent households, specifically 46 percent of black men who may end up with high blood pressure.

According to the CDC, about 1 in 3 U.S. adults -- with an estimated 68 million -- have high blood pressure.

Sixty-nine percent of people who have a first heart attack, 77 percent of people who have a first stroke, and 74 percent of people with chronic heart failure have high blood pressure.

And African Americans are leading the pack in most likely to have high blood pressure, with CDC confirming 45.7 percent African American women and 43 percent men.

In a recent study by CDC, the number of unmarried births declined 2 percent to 1,607,773 in 2011, and the birth rate dropped 3 percent to 46 per 1,000 unmarried women ages 15 to 44. The bulk of single-parent homes are in the African American community.

The Reuters study focused on family life leading up to high blood pressure. Debbie Barrington led the study at the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities with colleagues at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md.

Economic hardship and stress are two factors in young, black men's increase in high blood pressure. But the truth still remains that one's health cannot force people to stay in a relationship.

And while paychecks can't miraculously increase during and after a breakup, the gallery above provides tips for healthy eating under $1 per serving. This can help not just children but adults fight against heart disease -- no matter what the latter's dating status is.

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