Study: Treating High Blood Pressure Extends Life

If your doctor has told you that you need to manage your high blood pressure, take his or her advice to heart. Treating high blood pressure can help you live longer, a new study shows.

In fact, taking medication for one month to control high blood pressure helped study participants to live about one day longer.

It adds up.

Those who start taking medication at an early age, such as 40, could live a few more years, according to researchers.

The study, published in the December issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, is the first to prove that treating high blood pressure extends a person’s lifespan.

Researchers analyzed data from more than 4,000 patients with high blood pressure. Their average age was 72.

High blood pressure can damage the heart, kidney and brain causing heart attacks, stroke, dementia and kidney failure.

Source: National Institutes of Health, Journal of the American Medical Association

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