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Sunday, September 30, 2007

High Blood Pressure & Obesity

As many as 50 percent of overweight men and women with high blood pressure may have hypertension as a result of being overweight, researchers reported
today at the American Heart Association's 61st Annual Fall Conference of the Council for High Blood Pressure Research.

Researchers in Italy found that about 50 percent of overweight, hypertensive adults, ranging in age from 29 to 65 years, achieved normal body weight and blood pressure after six months of treatment with a reduced-calorie diet.

"This is important because it means that in these patients with elevated blood pressure who were overweight, the blood pressure was not a form of essential hypertension but was hypertension secondary to body weight," said Roberto Fogari, M.D., lead investigator of the study and professor of medicine at the University of Pavia, Italy.

The study analyzed 210 overweight men and women whose systolic blood pressure was more than 140 mmHg, but less than 159 mm Hg, and whose diastolic blood pressure was more than 90 mm Hg, but less than 99 mm Hg. The study patients, who had never been treated for high blood pressure, were overweight with a body mass index (BMI) 25 to 29.9 kg/m2. An individualized reduced-calorie diet was designed for each patient and reflected their specific food preferences.

"The diet's main aim was to reduce calories to reduce the weight of each patient," Fogari said. About 50 percent of the patients also were treated with orlistat, a medication used with a low-calorie diet to help lose weight and maintain weight after losing pounds.


Quoted from Science Daily

When I was overweight, my blood pressure was way higher than my normal 120/80. Actually my high blood pressure was one of the alarms I had that prompted me to take weight reduction seriously. I have a very close relative of mine who has been having high blood pressure for most of his adult life. He is borderline obesse. I have seen him spending so much time going to the doctor, taking medications, and worrying about his condition. I wish he would have realized that his problem could be alleviated by losing those extra pounds.