High blood pressure 'could double risk of brain cancer'

21 December 2011

Patients who have high blood pressure and glucose levels, are obese and have raised levels of lipids in the blood are more likely to develop a brain tumour, according to new research.

An international study funded by the World Cancer Research Fund has suggested that those with features of metabolic syndrome, like high blood pressure, are twice as likely as those with the lowest blood pressures to be diagnosed with brain cancer later in life.

The researchers looked at 580,000 cases to reach the conclusion which was published in the Journal of Hypertension, but Amy Thompson, senior cardiac nurse at the British Heart Foundation (BHF), has said that this is only a statistical summary and that there have been no biological links found to support the numbers.

"On the other hand, we do know that high blood pressure is a major risk factor for coronary heart disease and stroke, and can lead to a number of other health problems," Ms Thompson commented.

According to the BHF, high blood pressure is one of the risk factors for developing heart disease and around five million people in the UK are unaware that they suffer from the condition.

Posted by Jeanette Royston

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