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A higher BMI can also increase your blood pressure



Health Published on: 18 August 2018, 21:53; Last update: 18.08.2018, 21:53 (IST)

  Higher BMI may also increase your blood pressure
Uncontrolled high blood pressure can lead to various cardiovascular diseases such as heart attack, stroke and congestive heart failure. File Photo

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If you have a higher body mass index (BMI), then there are also chances that you may have raised blood pressure (BP), a new study has found.
The findings, published in the journal JAMA Network Open, showed a strong correlation between the degree of obesity and hypertension.
Uncontrolled high blood pressure can lead to various cardiovascular diseases such as heart attack, stroke and heart failure.
For the study, the research team included 1

.7 million Chinese men and women between the ages of 35 and 80, and registered participants' blood pressure from September 2014 through June 2017.
They observed an increase in blood pressure of 0.8 to 1.7 mm Hg (kg / m²) per additional BMI unit in subjects who did not take antihypertensive drugs.
Overall, the population had a mean BMI of 24.7 and a mean systolic blood pressure of 136.5, which is considered to be Stage I hypertension according to the American Heart Association guidelines.
"If the trends in obesity and obesity continue in China, the hypothesis that high blood pressure is already a major risk factor will probably become more important," said senior author Harlan Krumholz of Yale University in the US.
"This paper rings the bell that now is the time to focus on those risk factors," he added.
"The enormous size of the dataset – the result of an unprecedented effort in China – allows us to characterize this relationship between BMI and blood pressure in tens of thousands of subgroups, which would simply not be possible in a smaller study," said author George Linderman of the university ,
This research was supported by grants from the Innovation Fund of the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, the Ministry of Finance, and the National Commission for Health and Family Planning in China, to name but a few. IANS

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