Modest Weight Loss Cuts Hypertension
Losing a Little Extra Weight May Make a Difference in Lowering High Blood Pressure, Study Shows
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Oct. 1, 2007 -- Got high blood pressure? If you're overweight, modest weight
loss might bring your blood pressure down to normal.
Italian researchers reported that news in Tucson at the American Heart
Association's 61st Annual Fall Conference of the Council for High Blood
The University of Pavia's Roberto Fogari, MD, and colleagues asked 220
overweight (but not obese) men and women with stage 1 hypertension to lose at
least 5% of their body weight in 6 months.
People with stage 1 hypertension have blood pressure that ranges from
140-159 for systolic blood pressure (the first number in a blood pressure
reading) and 90-99 for diastolic blood pressure (the second number in a blood
Normal blood pressure is systolic blood pressure of less than 120 and
diastolic blood pressure of less than 80.
Fogari's team gave the patients diet advice. Some of the patients also got
the weight loss drug Xenical.
By 6 months, 59% of the women and 53% of the men in the study had met the
weight loss goal of shedding at least 5% of their body weight.
A little more than half (52%) of those who met the weight loss goal also got
their blood pressure down into the normal range, Fogari tells WebMD.
The bottom line: It didn't take a whole lot of weight loss to curb high
Roughly a third of U.S. adults have high blood pressure and many of them
don't know it, according to the American Heart Association. Don't know your
blood pressure? A simple test can tell you where you stand.