Physical Fitness May Help Prevent High Blood Pressure

Having a parent with high blood pressure is one of the biggest risk factors for developing the condition. But new research from the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina in Columbia suggests physical fitness may help lower the risk of developing high blood pressure, even in people with a genetic predisposition. The study found that, among participants who had a parent with high blood pressure, the most physically fit had only a 16 percent higher risk of developing the condition than individuals with no family history. And, depending on the level of exercise, they were up to 34 percent less likely to develop high blood pressure than people who rarely exercised. Researcher Robin P. Shook said even a moderate amount of exercise, such as brisk walking for 150 minutes a week, can provide a huge health benefit. More here and here.

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