Latest study finds that eating out or getting a takeaway leads to high blood pressure. Just one meal each week increases the risk chance by 6 percent.
According to The Independent, a study of university students, undertaken by scientists from Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore, has shown that those who eat out often consume higher amounts of salt, calories and saturated fat than they would if eating at home.
The research analyzed 500 people aged between 18 and 40 in Singapore and found that 27.4 percent of those examined were suffering from pre-hypertension, with 38 percent of the group eating more than twelve meals away from home per week. Hypertension was also more prevalent in men with 49 percent than in women with only 9 percent.
The findings also showed that those who had pre-hypertension often were more likely to have a higher BMI, eat out more often, be physically less active and be current smokers.
[quote text_size=”small” author=”– Dr. Tazeen Jafar” author_title=”Professor of Health Services and Systems Research at Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School in Singapore”]
While there have been studies conducted in the United States and Japan to find behaviours associated with hypertension, very few have surveyed a South East Asian population. 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.
This study was published in the American Journal of Hypertension and was funded by the Singapore Ministry of Health.
Dr. Jafar said that the next study will examine the effect of lifestyle modification programs on blood pressure levels of at-risk people, according to Daily Mail.
Recently on Immortal News, we talked about a study showing the most effective diet programs. If you have high blood pressure and are looking for a dietary program, you might be interested in a story we covered last week.