High BP due to excess weight

Half of all overweight people with high BP may have hypertension because they are overweight, Italian researchers have said.

The researchers found that about 50 per cent of overweight, hypertensive adults, aged 29-65, achieved normal body weight and BP after six months of treatment with a reduced calorie diet.

For the study, the researchers analysed 210 overweight men and women whose systolic BP was 140-159mmHg, and whose diastolic BP was 90-99mmHg. An personalised reduced calorie diet was designed for each patient. After six months of treatment, 49 per cent of women and 53 per cent of men achieved body weight reduction, while systolic and diastolic BP decreased by about 5 per cent.

The findings were presented last week at the American Heart Association's 61st annual conference in Arizona.

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