Obesity and Blood Pressure
Obesity, Excess Weight and Blood Pressure
Obesity, especially central obesity, is an important risk factor for high blood pressure. The prevalence of hypertension increases with the degree of obesity.
Obesity Doubles Risk of High Blood Pressure
Being obese more than doubles the risk of developing raised blood pressure (hypertension). Obesity research indicates that about 70 percent of obese men and women suffer from hypertension.
Weight Loss Reduces Blood Pressure
Fortunately, even if your blood pressure is high, a modest weight loss can bring it under control. Blood pressure can drop with every pound lost. In many cases people on high blood pressure medication have been able to reduce the dose or stop taking it altogether after losing 5-10 percent of their body weight. For a person weighing 170 pounds this represents a weight loss of 8-17 pounds.
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