Healthy Weight Key to Keeping BP in Check Over Lifetime

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Maintaining a healthy weight may be the most important factor in keeping blood pressure in check over the long haul, a new study suggests[1].

“The main finding in our study is that maintaining a healthy body weight into middle age may limit increases in blood pressure and help to preserve low blood pressure across the life-span,” Dr John Booth III (University of Alabama, Birmingham) told | Medscape Cardiology.

“Since there are many factors that contribute to low blood-pressure levels and low body weight, having higher numbers of healthy behaviors is important for heart health overall, including healthy body weight, never smoking, no or moderate alcohol intake, physical activity, and eating a healthy diet,” Booth said.

The study was presented at the 2017 American Heart Association (AHA) Council on Hypertension, AHA Council on Kidney in Cardiovascular Disease, American Society of Hypertension Joint Scientific Sessions.

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