His and her blood pressure

Candis health editor, Karen Evennett shares the latest health update…

Blood pressure measuring.New research has revealed yet another way men and women are different – high blood pressure is more of a risk to women than it is to men. Scientists at Wake Forest University, USA, tested 100 men and women, all aged 53-plus with untreated hypertension, and found that the women’s blood vessels were 30-40 per cent more likely to have vascular disease, even at exactly the same level of high blood pressure as the men. One theory is that loss of oestrogen allows cytokine-stimulating hormones (that promote inflammation) to become overactive. Take your blood pressure seriously (cutting down on salt and taking more exercise can both help) and talk to your doctor about HRT to replenish oestrogen stores.

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