Can Leg Fat Prevent High Blood Pressure?

People with a higher percentage of body fat in their legs were found to be less likely to have high blood pressure in a study when compared to those with lower levels.

The study abstract was presented at the virtual American Heart Association’s Hypertension 2020 Scientific Sessions. It was not clear if the study had been peer-reviewed.

The research involved 5,997 adults aged between 20 to 59 years old, who did not have cardiovascular disease, and were not pregnant or taking blood pressure medication. They were involved in the 2011-2016 National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys. The participants had their blood pressure measured, and were categorized according to how much leg fat they had based on body scans. Of the total participants, 24 percent had high blood pressure.

Excerpted from Newsweek

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