5 New Studies Show What Raises and Lowers Your Blood Pressureby Allison Bush Editor
Most people know the basics of lowering blood pressure -- avoid sodium and exercise more often. However, studies presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Hypertension suggest there are new factors in our changing environment that could be having an impact.
Talking on your cell phone
According to a recent study at Gugliemo da Saliceto Hospital in Italy, talking on mobile phones can cause a significant rise in blood pressure. During phone calls, blood pressure readings jumped on average from 121/77 to 129/82.
Researchers also found that the systolic blood pressure rise was less drastic in patients who were used to taking more than 30 calls per day--which also happened to be the younger subjects in the study.
Practicing yoga lowers it
Another study concluded that yoga can significantly lower blood pressure. The 24-week study, conducted by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, showed that people who practiced yoga two to three times per week saw their blood pressure decrease significantly--an average of three points for both systolic and diastolic blood pressure.
Having a taste for salt
Research at Sao Paolo University in Brazil found that people with hypertension actually prefer more salt in their food than people with normal blood pressure. The researchers also determined, however, that other seasonings can diminish that preference for salt.
Seeing a healthy doctor
A study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) found that physicians who themselves lead a healthy lifestyle were more likely to share all six of the key recommendations for preventing hypertension.
Drinking beetroot juice
According to a small study published in the American Heart Association's journal, Hypertension, drinking a cup of beetroot juice every day may reduce high blood pressure.
People with hypertension who drank about 8 ounces of beetroot juice experienced a decrease in blood pressure.