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Research: Losing weight lowers blood pressure

Del. Donna Christensen, D-V.I. left, getting her blood pressure checked by Dr. Jeffrey Perlmutter of the National Kidney Foundation, Thursday, May 17, 2007.

April 18, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Evidence from a new study shows that losing weight also helps lower your blood pressure.

The study out of Germany suggests that losing as little as two pounds reduces both systolic and diastolic blood pressure.

The study also found that losing 5 percent of body weight can lower the risk of hypertension by 13 percent and the risk of cardiovascular events by 20 percent.

Doctors studied more than 3,000 people and measured their blood pressures over several years while monitoring their weight.