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Healthy Lifestyle Can Reduce Risk Of Hypertension By Two-Thirds

August 27, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
A healthier lifestyle that eliminates smoking, reduces alcohol consumption and increases physical activity has a significant positive impact on blood pressure, Finnish researchers have found. Other critical factors include daily consumption of vegetables and maintaining a normal body mass index. When all of the recommendations are followed, high blood pressure can be reduced by 66 percent. The study included 9,637 Finnish men and 11,430 women who were 25 to 74 years of age and free of hypertension at the start, between 1982 and 2002.
Pekka Jousilahti , "Healthy Lifestyle Reduces Risk of Hypertension by Two Thirds", News release, presentation at the European Society of Cardiology Congress, August 27, 2012, © European Society of Cardiology
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