Candis health editor, Karen Evennett shares the latest health update…
Living near a busy road could give you the blood pressure of an older person, according to a new US study. Researchers studied 5,400 post-menopausal women living in busy San Diego and found that those living closest to a major road had a 22% greater risk of high blood pressure than those living 1,000 metres from a highway. Put simply this means that a woman of 58 living near a busy road could have the same blood pressure as a 60-year-old woman living further away. Your best bet if you live close to a lot of traffic is check your blood pressure at least annually and talk to your GP if it seems to be climbing. Blood pressure should ideally be around 120/80. You have high blood pressure if it is consistently 140/90 or higher, and may need treatment.
Find out more from www.bloodpressureuk.org.