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Blood pressure 9 points higher in obese men
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Systolic blood pressure is 9 mm Hg higher in obese men than in normal-weight men according to an analysis of 1029 men participating in the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Baltimore.
During an average follow-up of eight years 192 men developed coronary heart disease.
Systolic blood pressure was an average of 6.6 mm Hg higher in men who developed coronary heart disease than those who did not.
There was also a strong association between body mass index, cholesterol, cigarette smoking, and systolic blood pressure with the risk of developing coronary heart disease.
Obesity was defined as a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more, while normal weight was defined as a BMI of 20 to 25.
Bos AJ; Brant LJ; Morrell CH; Fleg JL. The relationship of obesity and the development of coronary heart disease to longitudinal changes in systolic blood pressure. Collegium Antropologicum, 1998 Dec, 22(2):333-44.
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