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The impact of menopause on blood pressure

Two new research studies have found that menopause itself doesn’t cause high blood pressure, as reported in the Journal of Hypertension.

The Italian study – old age the key

A study led by Dr Casiglia of University of Padova, Italy analyzed over 9,000 women aged 18 to 70 years. The researchers found that a higher risk of hypertension in menopausal women was due to their higher age not due to the fact that they were menopausal.

The researchers concluded, “Conclusion: The cardiovascular effects usually attributed to menopause seem to be a mere consequence of the older age of menopausal women.”

The Czech study – BMI the key

A study led by Dr Cifkova from Prague, Czech Republic analyzed 900 women aged 45-54 years as they went through menopause.

Researchers found there was no relationship between blood pressure and menopausal status, that is being premenopausal, going through menopause, or being postmenopausal. Menopausal status had no effect on the risk of high blood pressure.

However, they found the main factor to increase blood pressure was an increase in BMI (Body Mass Index) or body fatness.


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