Fitness & Blood Pressure

Study of ~14K Men Shows Higher Fitness Delays Aging Related BP

Its great when you discover stuff that is personally meaningful — but its even more gratifying when those discoveries have broader relevance.

A few days ago I ran across this study that was published (Sep 2014) in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, essentially validating the point I was making through my own personal observations – that higher fitness can improve your blood pressure.

The study (lead author – Junxiu Liu, MD from the University of South Carolina) looked at data collected on ~14,000 men between 20-60 years who did not have hypertension, cardiovascular disease or cancer. Their baseline fitness was assessed and the study tracked them subsequently over multiple visits / years.

The results on blood pressure (hypertension) were striking – on average systolic blood pressure starting rising into pre-hypertensive level (>120 mmHg) at around 50 years of age. Higher baseline fitness had the effect of delaying the onset of systolic and diastolic blood pressure by literally 10 years.

The study authors are planning a follow-on analysis of data for women.

JACC

J Am Coll Cardiol. 2014;64(12):1245-1253. doi:10.1016/j.jacc.2014.06.1184


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Fitness & Blood Pressure

How I Normalized my Blood Pressure via Anaerobic Interval Training

Reproducing the talk that I gave at the Quantified Show & Tell in Boston on how I was able to eventually improve my fitness and blood pressure when I shifted to anaerobic interval training.

SivaRaj_BPFitness

Siva Raj was interested in lowering his blood pressure. With a family history of cardiovascular disease and heart attacks he was worried about slightly elevated blood pressure (pre-hypertension). As someone engaged with understanding and building fitness applications he thought he would be able to lower his blood pressure by staying on track with a regular exercise program that focused on cycling. Interestingly his blood pressure measurement didn’t respond to his constant exercise or weight loss. After reading more research literature about the link between fitness and cardiovascular health Siva decided to change his training to improve his fitness. He decided to incorporate a increased intensity into his routine. After a short period of time he had increases in this fitness and was able to observe the reduction in blood pressure he was looking for. In the video below, filmed at the Boston QS meetup group, Siva explains his methods and talks about how he was able to track his body’s response to different fitness routines.


Disclaimer: The content on this blog (and linked websites) is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this blog or linked websites. Reliance on any information provided on this blog is solely at your own risk.