Small weight gain can raise blood pressure

11 September 2014

A new study has found that gaining just a small amount of weight can have a negative impact on blood pressure.

According to research from the Mayo Clinic, Minnesota, putting on as little as five pounds of weight can increase blood pressure.

The study, presented at the American Heart Association’s High Blood Pressure Research Scientific Sessions, analysed the impact of relatively small weight gains of between five to 11 pounds.

The researchers conducted an eight-week study and monitored 16 healthy weight people's blood pressure around the clock. During this period the participant were fed an extra 400 to 1,200 calories each day to increase their weight by five per cent.

These results were then compared to the blood pressure of ten normal weight people who maintained a healthy weight over the eight weeks. They found that the participants that gained weight saw their blood pressure increase, with those carrying more weight around their abdomen having the highest systolic blood pressure.

However, a five pound weight gain did not have an effect on cholesterol, insulin or blood sugar levels.

Posted by Jeanette Royston

 

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