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Scientists at the University of North Carolina at chapel hill (USA) found that the lifestyle change in just 16 weeks helps to reduce the need for medications used to combat high blood pressure. It also reduces the risk of heart attacks and strokes and helps to prolong life. About it reported in a press release on EurekAlert!.
The study involved 129 men and women with obesity or overweight aged 40-80 years. All the volunteers had high blood pressure 130-160/80-90 mm Hg, but during testing the patients were taking drugs. However, about 50 percent of participants were prescribed the use of antihypertensive drugs.
The subjects were randomly divided into three groups, one of which they are 16 weeks changed their lifestyle, eating fruits, vegetables and low fat dairy products, as well as minimizing the consumption of red meat, salt and carbohydrates. In addition, they participated in the program for weight control, making periodically physical exercise. In the second group of participants focused only on a healthy diet, and in the third the subjects did not change the way of life.
It turned out that by the end of the experiment the subjects in the first group significantly lost weight, systolic blood pressure decreased by 16 mm Hg and diastolic by 10 mm Hg. In the second group blood pressure decreased by 11/8 mm Hg, and the third group was 3/4 of a millimeter of mercury. However, only 15 percent of participants in the first group continued to need the drugs. In the second group — 23 percent, and the third saw no change.
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