Tea and Coffee Lower Blood Pressure!

Are you addicted to tea or coffee?

A large French retrospective analysis provides good news for caffeine lovers: investigators showed that drinking tea or coffee was associated with a small statistically significant reduction in systolic and diastolic blood pressure.

Drinking tea and coffee was also associated with a significant reduction in pulse pressure and heart rate, although the heart-rate reductions were greater with tea.

The results of this data were presented at the recently held European Society of Hypertension ESH 2013 Scientific Sessions, at Paris, France.

Presenting the data on 176 437 subjects aged 16 to 95 years of age who had a checkup at their center between 2001 and 2011, the authors explained that the analysis was based on a questionnaire asking participants how much coffee or tea they drank per day. Individuals were classified into three groups: those who drank no coffee/tea, those who drank one to four cups, and those who drank more than four cups.

Overall, coffee is consumed more frequently than tea.  Men were more likely to drink coffee, while women were more commonly tea drinkers.

Both coffee and tea consumption was associated with a significant reduction in systolic and diastolic blood pressure.

So go ahead. Grab your cuppa!

via Tea and Coffee Lower Blood Pressure.

How not to get High blood pressure (Hypertension)!

Individuals detected to have mildly elevated blood pressure may be able to maintain normal blood pressure for the next 15 years without any medications!

That’s what the HARVEST trial says. The data was presented at the 2013 International Conference on Prehypertension and Cardiometabolic Syndrome.

Young adults (1012 in number with a mean age of 33 years) were diagnosed with mildly elevated blood pressure (grade 1 hypertension). They were followed up for the next 15 years.

It was observed that  in 198 patients, the blood pressure fell to within normal range within the first few months and they managed to remain normotensive (normal blood pressure) over next 15 years.

The patients whose blood pressure fell and remained normal had a  slightly lower body-mass index (BMI), lower coffee consumption, lower triglycerides, and higher physical-activity levels than the ones in whom the blood pressure remained higher!

Again a trial highlighting the importance of body weight and exercise to avoid diseases like diabetes and blood pressure.

Fifteen years later, hypertension free!

That’s great! Isn’t it? So start walking and eat healthy!

via Remaining normotensive: Insights from HARVEST | theheart.org.