Learn to Handle Stress to Avoid High Blood Pressure

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July 07, 2004 | 27,708 views

Kids who get agitated or lose their cool while playing video gamesmight have increased chances of developing high blood pressure intheir later years.

A study of 4,000 adults revealed that young adults who became lessemotionally charged while playing video games had lesser chancesof developing high blood pressure in their middle age than thosewho exhibited stressed-out behaviors while playing video games.

In a 13-year study, beginning in 1985, researchers studied 5,115men and women between the ages of 18 and 30 and tested their cardiovascularactivity at predetermined times. Stress tests were administeredafter the second year of the study to 4,202 of the study participantswho had normal blood pressure levels.

Three Types of Stress Tests That WereGiven

Results of the Study

This study confirmed prior findings on the definitive relationshipbetween stress and high blood pressure and also provided an effectiveindicator of future cases of high blood pressure.

CirculationJune 21, 2004

High blood pressure eventually affects up to 90 percent of Americansmaking it a condition that requires definite attention.

Two factors not addressed in this study that warrant concernare the growing violent nature of video games kids have access toand the sedentary lifestyle associated with kid's favoritepastimes, watching TV and playing video games. Years of this inactivitytake their toll on children's health and could lead to chronicdiseases such as obesity, which is often linked to high blood pressure.

It is up to parents to monitor both TV and video game timesand encourage their kids to take part in physical activities.

Some of the main causes of high blood pressure include:

Emotional factors like stress are one of the major causes ofhigh blood pressure; so learning howto reduce stress would be extremely helpful.

The other major cause is a high-grain and high-sugar diet withnot enough exercise. Following a healthy nutritionplan, along with exercisingand emotional rebalancing, willnormalize blood pressure in most people.

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