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Title: Life style as a blood pressure determinant
Authors: Staessen, Jan ×
Bieniaszewski, L
Pardaens, Karel
Petrov, Victor
Thijs, Lutgarde
Fagard, Robert #
Issue Date: Sep-1996
Series Title: Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine vol:89 issue:9 pages:484-9
Abstract: In Belgium, an affluent Western European country, participation in sports, alcohol intake, and living in a working class area were identified as the life style factors with the closest associations with the blood pressure level. Obesity was another important blood pressure correlate. Sodium intake, determined from the 24 h urinary output, and smoking were not associated with blood pressure. Controlled intervention studies have proven that weight reduction, endurance training and alcohol abstinence effectively reduce blood pressure. In the light of these intervention studies, the Belgian findings and the published work highlight the potential of preventive strategies aimed at these major life style factors.
ISSN: 0141-0768
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Hypertension and Cardiovascular Epidemiology
Research Group for Cardiovascular and Respiratory Rehabilitation
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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