Weight Gain and Blood Pressure
EVEN SMALL GAINS IN WEIGHT MAY BOOST BLOOD PRESSURE

Data from the Nurses’ Health Study of 80,000 women showed that those who had gained even 5 to 10 pounds since age 18 were about one-third more likely to develop high blood pressure versus women who had gained less weight.

This is according to findings in the Annals of Internal Medicine. It was found the greater the weight gain, the greater the hypertension risk. Conversely, for those who gained less weight, or none at all, there was less risk of hypertension.

SOURCE: As reported in Consumer Reports on Health, June 1998