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Talking on phone raises blood pressure

18 May Times of India

Talking on the mobile phone can significantly increase your blood pressure.Chanting " Om" and a session of yoga on the other hand calms nerves and bring down BP. New research has identified the culprits that raise blood pressure mobile phones and salt consumption. Studies have found that talking on mobile phones causes a significant rise in blood pressure. During a phone call, BP readings jumped significantly from 121/77 to 129/82.

Systolic blood pressure rise was less drastic in patients who were used to participating in more than 30 phone calls per day.

Scientists say "people who make more than 30 calls per day may feel more reassured if the mobile phone is activated since they are not running the risk of missing an opportunity." A separate study shows that hypertensive individuals actually prefer more salt in their food than do normotensive individuals. The study of 44 adults aged 73.5 years was conducted by a team at Sao Paolo University in Brazil. Initially, participants were given three pieces of bread with varying amounts of salt on each.

In this tasting, 68% of hypertensive and 31% of normotensive patients (those with normal blood pressure levels) preferred the bread with the highest concentration of salt. Fifteen days later, the patients underwent an identical taste test the only difference being that other seasonings had been added to the salted bread. In that case, only 14% of hypertensive and none of normotensive patients preferred the bread with the highest salt content. Not only did this show that hypertensive patients prefer a higher salt content, but that, across the board, use of other seasonings diminished the preference for salt.

Chanting "Om" and yoga on the other hand has been found to calm the mind and works out the body. T has been found to significantly lower blood pressure. A 24-week study, conducted by Debbie Cohen from the University of Pennsylvania showed that people who practiced yoga 2 - 3 times per week saw their BP decrease significantly an average of three points for both systolic and diastolic blood pressure, from 133/80 to 130/77. Participants who only followed a controlled diet and did not practice yoga saw only a decrease of one point, from 134/83 to 132/82. How healthy your doctor is also makes a huge difference to your BP.

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reveals that a primary care physician's (PCP) healthy lifestyle behaviors may be linked to his or her recommendations for hypertension prevention. The study looked at what percentage of physicians recommended one of six key healthy lifestyle recommendations for hypertension prevention: consume a healthy diet (89.4%); reduced salt intake (89.9%); attain or maintain a healthy weight (90.3%); limit alcohol intake (69.4%); be physically active (95.1%); and stop smoking (90.4%). Fifty-six percent of practitioners recommended all six healthy habits. Of note, the probability of recommending all six lifestyle behaviors increased when PCPs engaged in regular physical activity or consumed the recommended amount of produce (five or more cups per day) for four or more days each week showing that a PCP's own behavior was associated with clinical recommendations to prevent hypertension for their adult patients.

 

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