At a recent meeting of the American Heart Association (AHA), research findings were presented which showed that “maintaining a healthy weight throughout life, is important to help keep blood pressure in check.” The research showed that although not smoking; limiting alcoholic drinks eating a healthy diet and obtaining at least 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity per week all contribute to overall health, the greatest factor for healthy blood pressure was maintaining a healthy weight.”
Risks of Increased Blood Pressure at Younger Age
“Increasing blood pressure at younger ages is associated with earlier onset of heart disease and stroke, and U.S. high blood pressure treatment guidelines support maintaining healthy behaviors across the lifespan to limit rises in blood pressure as we age.”
A significant finding from the study showed that “participants who maintained a healthy body weight were more likely to have normal blood pressure as they grew older. Specifically, those who maintained optimal body weight were 41% less likely to have an increasing blood pressure as they age.”
Tips and information on managing high blood pressures are at www.heart.org/hbp.
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