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People who reduced body fat by 2% reduced blood pressure 8/6 mm Hg
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Reducing body fat lowers blood pressure even without a change in body weight according to a 1998 study.
People who reduced their percent body fat by 2 percent reduced their blood pressure by 8/6 points after one year from 149/92 to 141/86 mm Hg.
However, in patients who had a similar reduction in body fat without a change in body weight had a similar reduction in blood pressure of 11/6 from 151/93 to 140/87 mm Hg.
This suggests that it is excess body fat rather than body weight that causes elevated blood pressure.
Wada T; Ikeda Y. Longitudinal studies to determine the effect of body fat rate reduction on blood pressure. Journal of Medical Systems, 1998 Feb, 22(1):19-25.
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