A while back, Robin Hanson reported studies implying that losing mass
wasn't all that useful for health. A new study reported by AP (sorry, no
[blah blah] The exercise-and-diet group had lower blood pressure readings
during high emotional stress than did the exercise-only or the control
group, the study found. Exercisers had some similar improvements but not
nearly as pronounced.
Diet and exercise are common prescriptions for treatment of hypertension.
But the study showed weight loss had a greater effect than exercise did,
said the study's senior author, James A. Blumenthal of Duke.
``If you think you are lowering your blood pressure by exercise, it's not
going to be all that much,'' Blumenthal said. ``Combining exercise with
dietary changes is where you are going to see the change in daily life and
The findings, published in the October issue of the American College of
Sports Medicine journal, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise,
assume heightened importance because of a separate study published in the
Nov. 1 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.
The New England Journal article compared people with high-normal blood
pressure to those with optimal pressure. The report said that over 10
years, those with high-normal blood pressure had a 150 percent to 250
percent greater risk of heart disease or stroke. Dr. Ramachandran Vasan of
Boston University School of Medicine said his findings point out the need
for lifestyle changes to reduce blood pressure.
[Mmmm... slimy fat...]
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