Navigation Links
Older Hypertension Patients Less Likely to Get Lifestyle Advice
Date:11/15/2007

Doctors more often tell younger people to change diet, get more exercise, study found

THURSDAY, Nov. 15 (HealthDay News) -- Americans over 60 with high blood pressure are less likely than younger patients to receive guidance from their doctors on how lifestyle changes can lower their blood pressure, a new study finds.

A team at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill analyzed data from a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey of almost 28,500 adults with hypertension.

They also found that patients who aren't overweight or obese are less likely to receive lifestyle modification advice than those ages 18-39, compared to those who are overweight or obese.

Of all the patients in the study, 90.3 percent reported receiving some type of lifestyle modification advice -- such as recommendations on diet or exercise -- from their doctors. Of those, 74.6 percent received exercise advice, 69.3 percent were told to reduce salt intake, 61.9 percent were advised to change their eating habits, and 43.5 percent were told to reduce alcohol intake.

When the researchers took a closer look, they found disparities among different groups of patients. For example, 71.2 percent of those ages 40-59 received eating habit advice, compared to 64.9 percent of those ages 18-39 and 53.7 percent of those 60 and older. Among patients ages 40-59, 48.9 percent were told to reduce their alcohol intake, compared to 43.4 percent of those ages 18-39 and 35.1 percent of patients 60 and older.

Other findings:

  • Only 45.5 percent of healthy weight or underweight patients received eating habit advice, compared to 59.5 percent of those who were overweight, and 75 percent of those who were obese.
  • Of those taking antihypertensive medications, 63.2 percent received eating habit advice, and 82.6 percent received exercise advice. Among patients not taking antihypertensive medications, 56.9 percent received eating habit advice, and 65.9 percent received exercise advice.

The study is published in the November issue of The Journal of Clinical Hypertension.

"Lifestyle modification advice should always be the doctor's first step in treating a patient with high blood pressure, and this advice should not be abandoned at any point, in any group of hypertension patients," lead author Dr. Anthony J. Viera, an assistant professor in the department of family medicine, said in a prepared statement.

More information

The American Heart Association offers tips to control high blood pressure.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, news release, November 2007


'/>"/>
Copyright©2007 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Ability to cope with stress can increase good cholesterol in older white men, study finds
2. Many Older Americans Have Active Sex Lives
3. Good Cholesterol Wont Help Heavy-Drinking Older Men
4. Manor Care, Inc. Announces Record Date for Special Stockholder Meeting
5. Arrow International Urges Shareholders To Vote for Approval of the $45.50 Teleflex Inc. Merger and for the Current Board of Directors
6. Frequent alcohol consumption increases cancer risk in older women
7. Zimmer Holdings Offer and ORTHOsoft Directors Circular Mailed to Shareholders
8. ISS and Glass Lewis Recommend Cholestech Stockholders Vote FOR Merger
9. Glass Lewis Recommends Arrow Shareholders Vote on the White Proxy Card for Merger With Teleflex and for Current Board of Directors at Arrow Annual Meeting
10. Drug-free treatments offer hope for older people in pain
11. United Medicorp, Inc.s Shareholders Approve All Proposals
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... First Choice Emergency Room ... Dr. Sesan Ogunleye, as the Medical Director of its new Mesquite-Samuell Farm facility. ... of our new Mesquite location,” said Dr. James M. Muzzarelli, Executive Medical Director of ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... ... Conventional wisdom preaches the benefits of moderation, whether it’s a matter of ... too high can result in disappointment, perhaps even self-loathing. However, those who set the ... Research from PsychTests.com reveals that behind the tendency to set low expectations ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... PASADENA, CA (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... Marcy was in a crisis. ... he would lash out at his family verbally and physically. , “When something upset him, ... table, he would use it. He would throw rocks at my other children and say ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... 24, 2016 , ... Comfort Keepers® of San Diego, CA is excited to ... Recovery® program to drive cancer patients to and from their cancer treatments. Comfort ... quality of life and ongoing independence. Getting to and from medical treatments is ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... The Haute Beauty Network, affiliated ... Weintraub as a prominent plastic surgeon and the network’s newest partner. , ... most handsome men, look naturally attractive. Plastic surgery should be invisible.” He stands ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... , Belgium , June ... MKT: VNRX), today announced the appointment of Dr. ... of Directors as a Non-Executive Director, effective June ... Company,s Audit, Compensation and Nominations and Governance Committees.  ... Dr. Futcher will provide independent expertise and strategic ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... Research and Markets has announced the addition ... Chemical (Sugar, Petrochemical, Glycerin), Inorganic Chemical), Functionality (Filler, Binder, ... Forecast to 2021" report to their offering. ... excipients market is projected to reach USD 8.1 Billion ... forecast period 2016 to 2021. The ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... -- Research and Markets has announced the addition ... to their offering. The ... commercial environment for MedImmune to enter. The US ageing population ... to drive considerable growth for effective anti-influenza medications. The introduction ... considerably, but development is still in its infancy. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: