25 September, 2014    #17

BP vs. Weight Loss

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If your BMI is equal to or greater than 30, for every 1 Kg or 2.2 Lbs. of body weight loss, your Systolic (SP) and Diastolic (DP) Pressures may decreased by 1.2 and 1.0 mmHg respectively. Please see Trax News #15, “BMI & WHR”. 


In other words, losing 10 Kg or 22 pounds of weight could reduce your SP and DP by 12 and 10 mmHg respectively if you are overweight.


These statistics relate to average blood pressure (BP) reduction, and therefore, your BP reduction could exceed or fall short of the values mentioned above or stated in the Table 1 below.


However, it is an undisputed fact that weight loss improves your health and BP if you are overweight.


Table 1 relates weight loss, in both Kg and Lb. units, to reduction in SP and DP parameters, if you are overweight.


Therefore, there is a high probability that weight loss will be a significant factor in the management of high BP and Hypertension.



Table 1

Weight Loss vs. BP Reduction

 Kg  10  20   30  50 Weight
Lb  22   44   66  110 Loss
 SP  -12 -24  -36 -60 mmHg
DP  -10  -20 -30 -50 mmHg


The best diet is “NO DIET”!  Instead, eat healthy, reduce portions and quit unhealthy snacks by substituting nuts, fruits and veggies.  Try dark chocolate covered almonds, they are healthy and they do satisfy.


Additionally, some form of exercise is very important to boost your metabolism, but check with your MD before doing something extreme.  I started by walking in a local park.


Losing weight is not easy at first, but after a week, your system will adjust and the hunger will subside.  Then, one day you will notice something different … ENERGY ... !


Mike Kohut, President, DDMS




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