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Blood pressure linked to weight not fitness

August 2, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
When it comes to lowering blood pressure, the numbers on the scale outweigh the number of laps you can run. A new study has shown that weight is more of an indicator for high blood pressure than a person's level of physical fitness.Researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center studied about 35,000 people who were either obese or overweight. Most were Caucasian men with an average age of 46 years.

They found that a high body mass index (BMI), and not fitness, was a more important factor in predicting high blood pressure.

Researchers suggest that people looking to lower their blood pressure should focus first on losing weight.

The study was published in the American Heart Journal.

Reuters contributed to this report.