If you have high blood pressure in your family, but you don’t have it yet, a new study suggests you can turn the odds back in your favour by keeping fit.
A new study published Monday shows that people who exercise regularly were up to 34 percent less likely to develop high blood pressure even if you have a family history of high blood pressure, compared to people who rarely exercised.
“The results of this study send a very practical message, which is that even a very realistic, moderate amount of exercise can provide a huge health benefit, particularly to people predisposed to hypertension because of their family history,” said Rob Woodgate of Hypnotension.
“It’s for exactly this reason that exercise is a crucial part of the Hypnotension programme. We help the client to become more active in there general life and motivate them to take some regular exercise.”
In the study, published in Hypertension, researchers followed more than 6,000 healthy adults, and about a third of them had a parent with high blood pressure.