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Health Dangers High Blood Pressure Plus High Cholesterol

Posted Aug 04 2013 10:08pm

A majority of adults with high blood pressure (hypertension) also have high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia). Reviewing data from the National Health and Nutritional Evaluation Surveys (NHANES) for three periods: 1988 to 1994, 1999 to 2004, and 2005 to 2010, Brent M. Egan, from the Medical University of South Carolina (South Carolina, USA), and colleagues reveal that fewer than one-third of patients with hypertension and hypercholesterolemia achieve adequate control of both conditions, raising their risks of coronary heart disease by 50% or more.   The study authors warn that: “Despite progress, opportunities for improving concomitant hypertension and hypercholesterolemia control persist.”

Egan BM, Li J, Qanungo S, Wolfman TE.  “Blood pressure and cholesterol control in hypertensive hypercholesterolemic patients: national health and nutrition examination surveys 1988-2010.”  Circulation. 2013 Jul 2;128(1):29-41.

  
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Tip #192 - Stay Connected
Researchers from the University of Chicago (Illinois, USA) report that social isolation may be detrimental to both mental and physical health. The team analyzed data from the National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project, a nationwide US study involving 3,000 men and women, ages 57 to 85 years. They arrived at three key findings regarding the relationships between health and different types of isolation:

• The researchers found that the most socially connected older adults are three times as likely to report very good or excellent health compared to those who are least connected, regardless of whether they feel isolated.

• The team found that older adults who feel least isolated are five times as likely to report very good or excellent health as those who feel most isolated, regardless of their actual level of social connectedness.

• They determined that social disconnectedness is not related to mental health unless it brings feelings of loneliness and isolation.

Separately, Rush University Medical Center (Illinois, USA) researchers studied 906 older men and women, testing their motor functions (including grip, pinch strength, balance, and walking) and surveying their social activity, for a period of 5 years. Those study participants with less social activity were found to have a more rapid rate of motor function decline. Specifically, the team found that every one-point decrease in social activity corresponded to an increase in functional aging of 5 years, translating to a 40% higher risk of death and 65% higher risk of disability.

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