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Exercise could reduce hypertension risk, despite family history

Posted by RHHAdmin on May 15, 2012 8:13:55 AM

Seniors who know about their family history of hypertension may find benefits in exercising, as new research shows that physical fitness may be able to reduce the risk of hypertension even in people with genetic ties to the disorder.

The study, published in the journal Hypertension, observed more than 6,000 patients who had a parent with high blood pressure but got a lot of exercise. The researchers found these individuals had a 34 percent lower chance of developing the condition themselves.

"The results of this study send a very practical message, which is that even a very realistic, moderate amount of exercise - which we define as brisk walking for 150 minutes per week - can provide a huge health benefit, particularly to people predisposed to hypertension because of their family history," said Dr. Robin P. Shook, the study's lead author.

Of course, some seniors are not able to be as physically agile as they once were, which is why they or their loved one may want to consider looking into home therapy to train with a private care attendant.

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