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ABOUT HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE
What causes high blood pressure?
What is High Blood Pressure
How is the blood pressure measured?
Isolated systolic high blood pressure
The metabolic syndrome and obesity
What are the symptoms of high blood pressure?
High Blood Pressure (Hypertension) At A Glance
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ALTERNATIVES FOR HYPERTENSION
How To Reduce High Blood Pressure Naturally
Complementary and Alternative Treatments for High Blood Pressure
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The metabolic syndrome and obesity

Genetic factors play a role in the constellation of findings that make up the "metabolic syndrome." Individuals with the metabolic syndrome have insulin resistance and a tendency to have type 2 diabetes mellitus (non-insulin-dependent diabetes).

Obesity, especially associated with a marked increase in abdominal girth, leads to high blood sugar (hyperglycemia), elevated blood lipids (fats), vascular inflammation, endothelial dysfunction (abnormal reactivity of the blood vessels), and hypertension all leading to premature atherosclerotic vascular disease. The American Obesity Association states the risk of developing hypertension is five to six times greater in obese Americans, age 20 to 45, compared to non-obese individuals of the same age. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reported in 2005 that waist size was a better predictor of a person's blood pressure than body mass index (BMI). Men should strive for a waist size of 35 inches or under and women 33 inches or under. The epidemic of obesity in the United States contributes to hypertension in children, adolescents, and adults.


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