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Are Cell Phones Bad for Blood Pressure?

New research from Italy shows that talking on cell phones can cause a significant rise in blood pressure. A team of Italian researchers has reported that during cell phone calls, blood pressure bumped up from 121/77 to 129/82. However, the research team noted the increase was less drastic among people who took or made 30 or more phone calls a day. In other blood pressure news: a small study from Brazil found that people with high blood pressure prefer more salt in their food than do individuals whose blood pressure is normal. On the plus side, a 24-week study from the University of Pennsylvania found that blood pressure dropped by an average of three points for both systolic and diastolic measurements among people who practiced yoga two to three times per week. Among study participants who followed a controlled diet but didn’t perform yoga, blood pressure dropped only one point. All of these findings were presented at the May 15-18, 2013 meeting of the American Society of Hypertension in San Francisco.

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I'm kind of skeptical about associating cell phone use with increase in blood pressure because it's obvious that would occur since it's like a stress on the body if your emotions are intense and high tempered. I just don’t think that study has any clinical significance. I do agree that yoga can be helpful because I did a quick look up in Natural Standard. Yoga has strong evidence suggesting that doing it for a year can help control the blood pressure but it did advise against doing handstand positions, which can increase the BP.
September 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterN.D.
Great advice, I really agree stress relieving techniques such as yoga matter on the long run...
Still, I'd say monitoring your blood pressure frequently should be a habit to stick to if you know you're at risk! I’m fond of this non-invasive blood pressure monitor:
October 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAllan

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