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A study shows that eating in restaurants increases blood pressure

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Do you have high blood pressure? If the answer is yes, Take time to reflect on your eating habits and Ask yourself if you usually eating out or dining out regularly, because that may be the key. A study of the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School, Medical University of Singapore, It has been found that the eating in restaurants it is directly related to the rise in blood pressure.

Contrary to what many may think, here it is not whether the restaurant is fast food or not. Research points as main causes of the rise in blood pressure to high amounts of salt, saturated fat and calories that carry the food we eat in restaurants.

High blood pressure or hypertension is the leading cause of cardiovascular diseases such as obesity, heart failure and / or renal, and brain failure, resulting, even, to the death.

The study involved the participation of 501 in total, ages 18 Y 40 years, which they attended the university where they took data on blood pressure, the body mass index (IMC), levels of physical activity, their lifestyle and how often they ate away from home.

its predecessor, Professor Tazeen Jafar, Services Program and Health Systems Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School N Singapore, highlighted the need for a study applicable to the population of Southeast Asia, when there were many focused on the US and Japan. That is why so it was decided to conduct an investigation revealed that he should put "lifestyles associated with pre-hypertension and hypertension that would apply to young adults worldwide, especially Asian”.

What researchers found was that the 27,4% students had high blood pressure -he 49% of male participants and 9% Women participants-, in addition to the 38% of the students They went to a restaurant an average of more than 12 times a week, nearly twice daily. This, coupled with its low physical activity, It stood at within the parameters prehypertension.

modifiable behaviors

Jafar stresses that These lifestyles are "Potentially modifiable", so that offers, never better said, turn the tables with policies governing the use of salt and fats that are served in restaurants. This teacher tops its recommendations to the need for young doctors conciencien, with special attention to boys, to change their eating behaviors and limit the time they go to restaurants, whether they are fast food as if they are not.

But the problem lies not only eat but where we eat. If many choose to prepare a meal at home looking for a healthier option, Maybe they're making a similar mistake, because in many cases they will be processed foods prepared with excessive levels of sodium and trans fats.

Otro estudio realizado por científicos de la Universidad de Illinois ha manifestado que la manipulación de la porosidad de los alimentos durante la fabricación puede disminuir la cantidad de sodio necesaria, por lo que para que los alimentos procesados sepan mejor se les añade una elevada cantidad de sal.

Los números rojos de la tensión arterial en Estados Unidos

Uno de los países más afectados por las enfermedades cardiovasculares es Estados Unidos, donde la cultura del comer fuera de casa, especialmente comida basura, está totalmente extendida en la sociedad.

Aproximadamente 70 millones de personas adolecen de tensión arterial alta, según los Centros de Control de Enfermedades (CDC, por las siglas en inglés de Centers for Disease). Esto significa que uno de cada tres ciudadanos norteamericanos tiene problemas de salud por esta causa, de los cuales tan solo la mitad -exactamente el 52%- tienen la enfermedad bajo control, unos números muy preocupantes debido a la gravedad de las consecuencias que puede acarrear.

En Estados Unidos se destinan aproximadamente unos 46 mil millones cada año para combatir las enfermedades provocadas por una alta tensión arterial, lo que incluye el coste de los servicios de atención médica, medicamentos para tratar la presión arterial alta y bajas laborales.

La ciudad de Nueva York ya ha tomado cartas en este asunto y a partir del 1 de Marzo de 2016 será obligatorio para todas aquellas cadenas de restaurantes que tengan más de 15 puntos de venta identificar con un icono de un salero, como se muestra en la siguiente imagen, los platos que contengan más de 2.300 miligramos de sodio.

Para ampliar conocimientos, en este caso sobre los efectos del consumo de comida basura, recomiendo la visualización del documental Super Size Me, de Morgan Spurlock.

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