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Newsletter Issue: 9 — Date: 27th January 2006 — Web Site: http://www.my-blood-pressure.com

Welcome to the My Blood Pressure newsletter!

In this issue we have some interesting blood pressure news, and a story by Frank Taylor, an octogenarian who has been dealing with high blood pressure since his 60s. Thanks to Frank for sharing his story!

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 a link to the source.

Happy New Year! For those who haven’t made a new years resolution as yet, the blood pressure news stories for January may have some ideas for you.

There has been new research further highlighting the benefits of a diet high in vegetables and vitamin D. Reducing job stress is also a good way of having healthy blood pressure levels. The baby boomer generation has again been targeted as a group at high risk of hypertension. A new study suggests if you think your memory is failing it could be that your blood pressure is too high. An interesting article this month is the effect the change of seasons has on blood pressure. It reminds us of the importance of regular monitoring of blood pressure throughout the seasons.

Enjoy the blood pressure news!

Vitamin D may prevent high blood pressure
The American Journal of Public health has reviewed over 60 studies involving vitamin D and various conditions. It has discovered that vitamin D offers health benefits by preventing cancers, depression and high blood pressure. Boston University researchers found people with hypertension exposed to the sun on a daily basis normalized their blood pressure. Apart from sunshine, which should be limited, Vitamin D can be sourced from foods such as; salmon, herring, cheese and eggs. Researchers recommend 1,000 IU daily of vitamin D to aid in prevention of disease. (Full story)

Vegetable proteins assist hypertension sufferers
Researchers from the Imperial College of London claim people who eat more protein from vegetable sources, instead of animal sources, tend to have lower blood pressure. The study analyzed diet and blood pressure readings of 4,680 people between 40 and 59 years old from 4 countries. Foods high in vegetable proteins include; cereals and grains, leafy green vegetables, legumes, nuts, seaweed, seeds, soy products and vegetables. The study published in Archives of Internal Medicine further highlights the benefits of a diet rich in vegetables. (Full story)

Untreated high blood pressure may cause memory problems
New research published in The Journal of Neuropsychology has shown untreated high blood pressure can adversely affect cognitive functions such as, short term memory and verbal ability. Cognitive functions normally decrease with age, however the study shows that this process is accelerated in men who have uncontrolled blood pressure (readings of 140/90 and higher). Researchers at Harvard Medical School and Boston University studied 357 men of an average of 67 years old over a 3 year period. The study also shows that blood pressure medication doesn’t harm cognitive ability in men with controlled hypertension, as their cognitive results were the same compared to men who naturally had normal blood pressure. (Full story)

Work stress may increase blood pressure
A stressful job and work environment may be placing workers health at risk and increasing the risk of medical problems, including hypertension. Princeton researchers found 75% of workers feel they suffer more job stress than previous generations. Short term stress increases the heart rate which stimulates the body to act. If the stress is constant it can lead to a continually increased heart rate, headaches and gastrointestinal problems. Stress over the long term can increase blood pressure at work, which may be undetected during Doctor’s visits. (Full story)

Baby boomers at high risk of high blood pressure
The U.S. Government’s annual report on the health of all Americans, ‘Health United States 2005′ was presented to The President and Congress. The report specifically highlights the health issues of the aging baby boomer generation. The report claims that half of Americans between the ages of 55-64 years old have high blood pressure and 2 out of 5 are obese. High blood pressure and obesity are two major risk factors for stroke and heart disease. (Full story)

Blood pressure levels affected by change in seasons
A study of 6,400 patients in Italy has shown blood pressure levels increase during warmer summer nights amongst older patients over 65 years old. However, blood pressure levels in the same group of people decreased during the warmer summer days. The researchers at the University of Florence have warned against the widespread practice of lowering blood pressure medication in summer. The study suggests that medications should be tailored to the patients individual needs not to seasonal changes. The study also stresses the importance of regular blood pressure monitoring at different times throughout the day and evening. (Full story)

Contributed by: Kellie

My Story

This section contains stories and articles contributed by our users and subscribers. If you have something to contribute, we would love to hear from you. Email Kellie or Steve at support@my-health-software.com with your idea or story!

In this issue, we publish a story by Frank Taylor.

My Story – Frank Taylor

Moved to: People who Monitor their Blood Pressure

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.

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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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