Tomorrow’s Health: blood pressure, hypertension & tai chi

Published: Jun. 1, 2021 at 6:59 AM EDT
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WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - New research in the U.K. finds people who lose weight to manage type 2 diabetes can also lower their blood pressure and in some cases eliminate the need for hypertension medication.

Doctors say obesity is a major cause of high blood pressure.

Hypertension’s lasting effects

A large European study finds high blood pressure during pregnancy can increase the risk of stroke or heart disease for babies later on.

Hypertension or pre-eclampsia during pregnancy is common and often temporary for mothers, but researchers in Sweden say it can have a long-term impact on offspring for decades.

Tai chi lowers belly fat

A study in Hong Kong finds tai chi can be just as effective as conventional exercise to reduce belly fat for middle-aged and older adults.

Tai chi uses slow exercise, mediation and rhythmic breathing.

Researchers say that combination can help reduce waist size and also lower good cholesterol.

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