Young Men Must Reduce Stress & Practice Selfcare!

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, October 13th, 2016

Young men who get stressed out easily appear to have a greater risk of high blood pressure later in life, all the more reason for good selfcare habits now!

stressed-young-manResearchers found that, among 18-year-old men, those who had the lowest stress-resilience scores were 40% more likely to develop high blood pressure later than those with the greatest ability to cope with stress.

They also found that being overweight was linked with an even greater risk of developing high blood pressure.

The research was based on data from more than 1.5 million men who joined the Swedish army between 1969 and 1997 at age 18. Their health was followed until the end of 2012. None of them had high blood pressure when they entered the military and all were assessed then for their ability to handle stress. Their body mass index (BMI), which is an estimate of body fat based on height and weight, was measured too.

Men who had low stress-resilience scores and a high BMI at age 18 had a more than tripled risk of high blood pressure later in life.

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