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Hypertension

02 August 2010

Fit vs fat for good blood pressure

If you're trying to bring your blood pressure to healthy levels, a new study suggests that how much you weigh is more important than how fit you are.

If you're trying to bring your blood pressure to healthy levels, a new study suggests that how much you weigh is more important than how fit you are.

"Obesity is such a strong predictor of blood pressure or hypertension risk that having a normal body weight is really what's going to drive your blood pressure" rather than your fitness level, Dr. Susan Lakoski, a cardiologist at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and one of the study's authors, told Reuters Health.

 

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Dr Jacomien de Villiers qualified as a specialist physician at the University of Pretoria in 1995. She worked at various clinics at the Department of Internal Medicine, Steve Biko Hospital, these include General Internal Medicine, Hypertension, Diabetes and Cardiology. She has run a private practice since 2001, as well as a consultant post at the Endocrine Clinic of Steve Biko Hospital.

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