Monday, August 04, 2008

Anxiety, depression and blood pressure

The idea that psychological factors can influence blood pressure is at least 100 years old. Whether anxiety and depression contribute to the development of high blood pressure has been addressed in several studies although the results have been inconclusive and a recent Norwegian study found that anxiety and depression were actually linked to low blood pressure. The same team of researchers looked at data from 36,530 men and women between the ages of 20 and 78. The participants were asked about their levels of anxiety and depression and their blood pressure between 1984 and 1986 and were re-examined 11 years later. The researchers found that a high symptom level of anxiety and depression at the initial stage of the study predicted low blood pressure eleven years later and that changes in anxiety and depression between the two studies predicted changes in blood pressure.

Hildrum, Bjorn ... [et al] - Effect of anxiety and depression on blood pressure: 11-year longitudinal population study British Journal of Psychiatry August 2008, 193(2), 108-113

2 comments:

Michael said...

High Blood Pressure Dieting- 5 Free Tips

1. Sodium is often one major cause of high blood pressure. Therefore, our doctor and researchers suggest you reduce your sodium intake to 2,300 milligrams a day. The recommended daily allowance for sodium is 2,400 milligrams a day in the United States. Begin to look at labels.

2. Reduction of meat consumption would also be recommended. If you have to splurge, try to keep it to lean meats including chicken, turkey and fresh fish. Remember that many packaged fish are preserved with sodium.

3. Fresh fruits and vegetable with greatly aid in you high blood pressure dieting. Always stick with fresh, raw fruits and vegetables throughout the day. Be daring and eat a variety of fruit with a variety of color. We would recommend at least 7 servings per day.

4. Try adding to your diet: nuts; seeds, dried beans, and whole grains. This is a nutritious way to get your body the nutrients it needs but also a good way to drop some HBP points.

5. Watch the fat! Fat usually equals cholesterol, saturated fat, trans fat and many high blood pressure ingredients. Try to keep the fat intake to 60 grams per day. Always avoid the unhealthy fast food restaurants because of the temptation to splurge.

evan.roey said...

What a Precious Information! We should try to avoid from the Anxiety and Depression because these are very harmful for our health!
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