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Newsletter Issue: 8 — Date: 22nd December 2005 — Web Site: http://www.my-blood-pressure.com

Welcome to a shorter than usual, holiday edition of the My Blood Pressure newsletter!

As the holiday season is almost upon us, and 2005 draws to a close, we both want to thank everyone for your support this year.

For everyone celebrating Christmas … Merry Christmas!

Wishing you and your family a happy and healthy 2006!

Steve and Kellie

My Blood Pressure News

Response times to support emails may be a little longer than usual between December 23rd and January 2nd. We will aim to reply within 24 hours, but it may take up to 48 hours.

Contributed by: Steve

Blood Pressure News Roundup

A selection of breaking news stories relating to blood pressure. Clicking on the links will take you to a page on our website which contains a summary of the story, and links to other sources.

Fruit and vegetables are good for blood pressure
A 15 year long study of over 4,300 people found that a diet high in fruit, vegetables and plant-derived foods decreased the risk of high blood pressure. The University of Minnesota analyzed data of people aged 18-30 years old to find the effects of diet on blood pressure levels. The American Journal of Nutrition published the study which highlights the importance of a diet rich in plant foods such as; fruit, vegetables, nuts, grains and legumes. The study also found that a diet high in red meat increased the level of high blood pressure. (Full story)

Continuity of care improves blood pressure control
Those people with regular access to the same Doctor or Physician have been shown to have an increased awareness and better treatment of high blood pressure. Researchers at the University of North Carolina analyzed data from 4,162 North Carolinians over 65 years old to find continuity of care was more important in the detection and control of hypertension than race. Those patients who switched Doctors frequently often had undiagnosed high blood pressure and were taking fewer blood pressure medications. (Full story)

Owning a pet is good for your health
Animal-assisted therapy has had positive effects reducing blood pressure in hypertension sufferers. Researchers at the University of California – Los Angeles Medical Center showed an improvement in heart function of heart failure patients after a bedside visit from a dog. The U.S. News also reported that people who own a pet are more likely to survive a heart attack than those who don’t. A visit from a pet has shown to increase endorphins and reduce stress. (Full story)

Low-fat dairy foods may assist hypertension sufferers
A Spanish study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that low-fat dairy foods may help to decrease high blood pressure. Of a group of 6686 people, scientists found those consuming a diet high in low-fat dairy foods had a 50% reduction in the occurrence of hypertension. However, there was no evidence to show that full fat dairy products increased the risk of high blood pressure. (Full story)

Blood pressure levels improved by home monitoring
A Finish study has showed that patients monitoring their blood pressure at home have greater control over their blood pressure levels compared to patients who monitored their blood pressure at a Doctors office. The results published in the American Journal of Hypertension reinforces self-monitoring of blood pressure at home as a way of helping to achieve target blood pressure levels in hypertension sufferers. (Full story)

Cholesterol levels a risk factor for hypertension
A Boston, U.S. study of over 16,000 women revealed a strong link between cholesterol levels in the blood and the development of hypertension. The study tracked the women over an 11 year period and found those with higher levels of cholesterol at the beginning of the study had a 12% increased risk of developing high blood pressure latter in their life. Some positive results from the research showed that women with high levels of HDL’s (“good” cholesterol) decreased the risk of developing hypertension by a substantial 19%. (Full story)

Unsaturated ‘healthy fats’ may lower blood pressure
A study released in the Journal of the American Medical Association highlighted the benefits of including healthy unsaturated fats in the diet such as; nuts, avocado’s, beans and olive oil. A group of pre-hypertensive, overweight Americans were placed on diets for 6 weeks to see the effect on blood pressure and LDL cholesterol. Those eating a diet rich in protein and healthy fats reduced the risk of coronary heart disease by a significant 20%. (Full story)

Contributed by: Kellie

About us

This newsletter is put together by a brother and sister team.

Steven Alan is 36 and is the programmer of the My Blood Pressure software. Steve was diagnosed with high blood pressure in February 2004. Steve needs to monitor his blood pressure regularly, and will probably need to do so for the rest of his life. Steve’s systolic blood pressure was over 200 at one point, but recently he has got his blood pressure under control, and most readings are below 120/80.

Steve is responsible for contributing news about the software as well as tips and tricks for using the software.

Kellie Helen (Steve’s sister) is 34 and a full time mother to a 5 and 3 year old. In her spare time!, she has started working with Steve on the website and newsletter. Kellie grew up in a household which had its fair share of blood pressure problems! Their father has always had high blood pressure, but somehow Steve got all the high blood pressure genes, while in her teens, Kellie used to suffer from her blood pressure being too low. Kellie worked in the medical and surgical industry before becoming a full time mum, and is looking forward to spending more time on this project as her kids get older.

Kellie is responsible for scouring the net for news stories of interest to people who monitor their blood pressure, and collecting and organizing stories contributed by subscribers.

My Health Software
PO Box 1468
Rozelle 2039
Australia
Kellie: kellieh@my-blood-pressure.com
Steve: steve@my-blood-pressure.com

Disclaimer: Nothing contained in this newsletter is intended to be instructional for medical diagnosis or treatment. It should not be used in place of the advice of your health care provider.

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