Bettering Social Status Lowers High Blood Pressure
TUESDAY, July 12 (HealthDay News) -- Upward social mobility
appears to help reduce the risk of high blood pressure in people
who were born into poor or disadvantaged situations, according to a
Previous research has shown that poor and disadvantaged people
are at increased risk for high blood pressure, which contributes to
heart disease and stroke.
Swedish researchers looked at health and socioeconomic data
collected from 12,000 same-sex twins who were born between 1926 and
1958. High blood pressure was more common among adults with low
socioeconomic status, with a 42 percent increased risk among this
group. Other factors associated with high blood pressure rates
included: being born to parents with low socioeconomic status,
having a low birth weight, being short in stature, weighing more
and drinking more alcohol.
But people with low socioeconomic status who moved up in society
reduced their risk of high blood pressure by nearly 20 percent,
compared to those who stayed on the lower rungs of society across
two generations, the investigators found.
The findings suggest that adults who were born poor or
disadvantaged can reduce their risk of high blood pressure by
improving their social status, Lovisa Hogberg, of the medical
epidemiology and biostatistics department at Karolinska Institute
in Stockholm, and colleagues concluded.
The study was released in the July 12 online edition of the
Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.
The American Academy of Family Physicians outlines ways to
lower your blood pressure.
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