Sunday, April 14, 2019

Health Management: Exercise Does Lower Blood Pressure

Health Management: Exercise Does Lower Blood Pressure

Can you "walk off" your high blood pressure with an investment of just two hours a week? Read the results of this exciting new study...

HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE. If your numbers aren't at 140/90 or below, you've got it. What do you get with it? A massively increased risk of having a stroke - high blood pressure is the #1 cause of that disabling condition - and heart disease.

The good news is that many studies have shown that a combination of exercise, stress reduction and a change in dietary habits can reduce that pressure as well as better than those drugs.

Now there's even better news. A ground-breaking new study offers conclusive proof that just engaging in a regular exercise programme can drop your numbers enough to pretty much make those drugs unnecessary.

Got 2 Hours a Week?

That's all it took. The researchers started out with 27 overweight, out-of-shape men with mild hypertension, weaned them off any blood-pressure medications they were taking and broke them into two groups.

One group did the real exercise: a half-hour of "fast walking," jogging and/or stationary cycling four times a week at 65 to 80 percent of their maximum heart rate.

The men in the other group did a fake exercise. They did "slow calisthenics and stretching" for an equal amount of time, but their heart rate stayed below 60 percent of the maximum.

Heart rate was carefully monitored in both groups of men so that the researchers could be certain the real exercisers were keeping theirs above 65 percent and those doing the fake workout stayed below 60 percent. (If they moved out of those ranges, an alarm sounded!) This "proof of exercise intensity" makes this study fairly unique.

And the Results?

Toward the finish of about a month and a half, you could see a noteworthy distinction between the two gatherings. The men doing the genuine exercise had brought down their diastolic perusing (the last one) by a normal of in excess of 6 points.

Toward the finish of 10 weeks, it was down very nearly 10; from a normal of 94.8 to a normal of 85.2. Those doing the phony exercise saw their diastolic perusing go up: from 93.7 to 94.4.

Systolic, the top perusing, went down 6 points in the genuine exercisers from a normal of 136.6 to 130.2. In the phony activities, it went up from 134.9 to 135.8.

Or on the other hand, as the scientists put it, 9 out of 10 men in the genuine exercise bunch got their diastolic perusing down to not exactly the enchantment 90. The majority of the men doing the phony activities were 90 or higher.
As the researchers explain, previous studies about exercise's effects on blood pressure have come up with all kinds of results. But this one has several edges.

The researchers monitored the men's exercise levels like never before and insisted that they make no changes in their diet. Did they keep the weight and fat levels the same in both groups Why? Because some people had felt that such "confounding variables" as diet and weight loss were the cause of any drops in BP in earlier studies, and not the exercise itself.

The researchers might also be the first in medical history to include a group that did placebo exercises for comparison.

The result is powerful evidence that many men can literally "walk off" their high blood pressure with an exercise investment of two hours a week.

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