(Reuters Health) - A man's risk of
developing high blood pressure rises along with his weight, even when it's
within normal range, according to a new study.
In a study of more than 13,000 male doctors, researchers found that the higher a man's body mass index (BMI) was at the outset, the higher his risk of developing high blood pressure over the next 15 years. This was true even among men who were normal-weight or only mildly overweight.
Dr. Rebecca P. Gelber and colleagues at
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The January 2, 2001 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine includes a very important article on the effects of weight loss on those with diastolic blood pressures in the upper part of the normal range (being in the upper part of the normal range is a risk factor for heart attacks and strokes); a high blood pressure, that is above the normal range, is an even greater risk factor.
The investigators studied 595 men and women who were 10 to 65 percent above ideal weight (a little overweight to a lot overweight), average age 43 years, with an average systolic pressure of 127 millimeters of mercury (a little bit above what is desirable) and an average diastolic pressure of 86 millimeters of mercury (in the upper part of the normal range). The participants received a lot of counseling to achieve weight loss. They were compared with 596 controls who were not given any weight reduction counseling.(Read entire article)