- High blood pressure and special cases
- High blood pressure and sport
- High blood pressure and obesity
- High blood pressure and pregnancy
8.4 - High
blood pressure and elderly
8.5 - High
blood pressure and children
- High blood pressure and contraception
8.7 - Influence
of hormones on high blood pressure (case of the post-menopausal woman)
8.8 - Influence of life style modification on
Influence of life style modification on blood pressure
We know that the blood pressure of patients living in the industrialized countries
is higher than those of patients living in poor countries.
However, a vegetarian food
is very often practised in poorest countries. This data lets us assume
the influence of the diet in these countries.
An epidemiological study
carried out in the United States shows that vegetarian patients have
a lowest blood pressure level compared to the non-vegetarian patients.
In the same way, it is established that vegetable and fruit consumption
is associated with a decrease of the blood pressure, this reduction
is bigger if the diet is fat free.
Thus, it clearly appears
that the diet likely to decrease the blood pressure is:
- Fruits and vegetables,
rich in potassium, magnesium and fibres,
oil, but its taste limits its practical daily use,
Nevertheless, other studies
should be carried out in order to establish the role of this diet on
the blood pressure level.
Sodium (salt) induces high
blood pressure and many medical studies have already showed that the
more significant the sodium intake the higher the level of blood pressure.
In the same way, medical
studies have showed that the reduction of sodium intake involves a
blood pressure decrease.
last reviewed on : 18 dec 2011