Exercise It can be as effective as taking prescription drugs to lower high blood pressure, according to research published in the British medical journal of Sports Medicine.
Hypertension, which is indicated in adults when it is above 140, is a very common condition that increases with age and is rare in people under 30 years of age.
The researchers recognized that although the results are promising, there are no other trials that directly compare physical activity with drugs to decrease blood pressureand they asked to take into account that the number of participants in some of the tests was relatively small.
Thus, they recommended that people suffering from this pathology, While they should not give up on their medication, they can increase their levels of physical activitybecause this is clearly beneficial.
According to the study, led by Dr. Huseyin Naci of the School of Economics and Political Science in London, exercise can lower systolic blood pressure, ie the amount of pressure in the arteries when the heart is beating and is expressed as the largest figure in reading this indicator.
— details of the study —
To perform the research, data were collected from 194 clinical trials that analyze the impact of drugs on systolic blood pressure reduction and 197 trials that analyze the impact of structured exercise involving a total of 39,742 people.
The activities that were practiced were walking, running, running, cycling, swimming, training with high intensity intervals and exercises to improve strength and strength.
The specialists performed three series of analyzes. In one, they compared all types of exercises with all types of drugs to lower blood pressure, in another they contrasted the different exercises with several types of drugs and, finally, contrasted the intensity variation with different doses of drugs.
The study noted that the number of drugs prescribed to reduce high blood pressure has increased considerably in recent years. In England alone, prescribed adults increased by 50% between 2006 and 2016.
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