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Pedestrian Cities: Natural Remedies for High Blood Pressure

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Bringing cities back to scale by building walking neighborhoods could help reduce global arterial hypertension and could serve as a natural remedy for treating high blood pressure for millions of people in the world, says a British study released earlier this month.


According to researchers from the Universities of Hong Kong and Oxford, who analyzed data from nearly 430,000 UK citizens aged 38 to 73 from 22 cities, living in a neighborhood where everything was within walking distance, walking could help prevent hypertension and lower blood pressure.

Researchers found that there was a correlation between the decrease in high blood pressure and walking in one's neighborhood. It was especially noticeable among women (those between 50 and 60) and citizens living in very dense and green neighborhoods.

High blood pressure is a common problem worldwide. According to CDC, "Having high blood pressure puts you at risk for heart disease and stroke, which are leading causes of death in the United States. About 75 million American adults (32%) have a high blood pressure - that's 1 in every 3 adults. ... Only about half (54%) of people with high blood pressure have their condition under control."

"We are spending billions of pounds to prevent and cure cardiovascular disease. If we could invest in creating healthy cities by rearranging the organization of our neighborhoods to make them more physically active, then, presumably, we could achieve significant savings in health care and especially in the area of treatment of cardiovascular disease," Dr. Chinmoy Sarkar told The Guardian newspaper.

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Cities that are poorly adapted to walking promote more sedentary lifestyles, which increases the risk of developing high blood pressure and cardiovascular problems, Sarkar said. Indeed, walking is healthier than driving.

The study was published in the International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health on 3 February.

Is Your Neighborhood Walkable?

Thus, there is a protective association between neighborhood walkability and blood pressure outcomes. Walking in your green neighborhood could be the best home remedy for your high blood pressure.

Please, let us know in the comments section below how you lower your blood pressure at home. Do you use medications or home remedies? What home remedies for lowering high blood pressure work the best?

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