Drinking coffee could keep blood pressure low, study finds

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The effects of coffee consumption on blood pressure have been a topic of interest for researchers.

While coffee has been linked to various benefits for the cardiovascular system, its effect on blood pressure is still not fully understood.

A recent sub-analysis of the Brisighella Heart Study aimed to investigate the relationship between coffee consumption and central and peripheral blood pressure values.

The study involved a sub-cohort of 720 men and 783 women who reported drinking varying amounts of coffee each day.

A full set of clinical, laboratory, and hemodynamic parameters were available for these participants.

The researchers observed that moderate coffee consumption was linked to either higher levels of systolic blood pressure (SBP) than those with heavy coffee drinking or lower SBP than that in the non-coffee drinking group.

Specifically, individuals who consumed two cups of coffee per day and those who drank more than three cups per day had lower SBP than non-coffee drinkers by 5.2 ± 1.6 mmHg and 9.7 ± 3.2 mmHg, respectively.

Similar trends were also observed for peripheral pulse pressure (PP), aortic blood pressure (BP), and aortic PP.

The study found that regular coffee drinking was associated with lower SBP, PP, aortic BP, and aortic PP but with similar arterial stiffness.

In conclusion, the study found that regular coffee drinking is associated with lower central and peripheral blood pressure values, although the mechanism behind this relationship is still unclear.

The results suggest that moderate coffee drinking may have a positive effect on cardiovascular health, but further research is needed to fully understand the association between coffee and blood pressure.

How to keep your blood pressure low

High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is a common condition that can increase your risk of heart disease, stroke, and other health problems. Here are some tips to help keep your blood pressure low:

Maintain a healthy weight: Being overweight or obese can increase your risk of high blood pressure. If you are overweight, losing just a few pounds can make a significant difference in your blood pressure.

Exercise regularly: Regular physical activity can help lower your blood pressure. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise most days of the week.

Eat a healthy diet: A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy products can help lower your blood pressure. Reduce your intake of saturated and trans fats, sodium, and processed foods.

Limit alcohol: Drinking too much alcohol can raise your blood pressure. If you choose to drink, do so in moderation – no more than one drink per day for women and two drinks per day for men.

Quit smoking: Smoking can raise your blood pressure and increase your risk of heart disease. If you smoke, quitting can help lower your blood pressure and improve your overall health.

Manage stress: Chronic stress can contribute to high blood pressure. Find ways to manage stress, such as meditation, yoga, or other relaxation techniques.

Monitor your blood pressure: Regularly monitoring your blood pressure can help you track your progress and identify any changes that may require medical attention.

By following these tips, you can help keep your blood pressure in a healthy range and reduce your risk of developing hypertension and other related health problems.

The study was published in Nutrients.

If you care about blood pressure, please read studies about unhealthy habits that could increase high blood pressure risk, and eating eggs in a healthy diet may reduce risks of diabetes, and high blood pressure.

For more information about blood pressure, please see recent studies that early time-restricted eating could help improve blood pressure, and results showing DASH diet is good for your blood pressure, and vegetable diet may reduce heart disease risk.

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