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Reduce Blood Pressure FAST – The #1 Food Hack for Working Adults (Very Effective)

By on February 16, 2017
Had fast food lately? Here’s one big reason why you should opt for home-cooked meals instead.

According to research from the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore, people who ate more than 12 fast food meals per week were significantly more likely to have pre-hypertension, a precursor to high blood pressure.

While eating less definitely lowered this percentage, an inherit risk still exists, however, note researchers. Just eating one fast food meal per week raised the risk of pre-hypertension by 6 percent, meaning that eating any amount of fast food isn’t safe.

“A novel finding in our study is that 1 additional meal eaten away from home per week, as opposed to having a home-prepared meal, raises the odds of prehypertension, and this association was stronger in older individuals,” write researchers. “To our knowledge, there are no previous reports on the association of meals eaten away from home with high BP [blood pressure].”

The Research

Appearing in the American Journal of Hypertension, researchers analyzed data from 501 university students between the age of 18 to 40 living in Singapore. Researchers collected data on their body mass index (BMI), blood pressure, physical activity levels, and how often they ate fast food meals away from home. They then determined if their blood pressure readings correlated with any other factors.

After analyzing the data using statistical analysis, they found that 27 percent of them met the requirements for pre-hypertension, a precursor to high blood pressure. They also found that men ate fast food at almost double the rate compared to women, suggesting a gendered bias played a role.

But what they found the most significant was the effect of just one fast food meal on their blood pressure readings. They estimated that it increased this risk by 6 percent, with the possibility of it increasing even more with subsequent meals. That means that eating 3 fast food meals per week could potentially result in a 18 percent increased risk.

That’s something researchers want to stop.

“While there have been studies conducted in the United States and Japan to find behaviours [sic] associated with hypertension, very few have surveyed a Southeast Asian population,” says Professor Tazeen Jafar at the Health Services and Systems Program at Duke-NUS. “Our research plugs that gap and highlights lifestyle factors associated with pre-hypertension and hypertension that are potentially modifiable, and would be applicable to young adults globally, especially those of Asian descent.”

Your best bet? Eat meals at home whenever you can; just one meal could send your blood pressure skyrocketing. It may take longer, but it sure beats putting your health at risk, stress experts.

Readers: How often do you prepare meals at home? Do you find it difficult?

Sources:
Eating Out = High Blood Pressure?EurekAlert.org
The Association of Prehypertension With Meals Eaten Away From Home in Young Adults in SingaporeOUP.com

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