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Diet and medication may reduce weight and blood pressure

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An analysis of research into weight-loss interventions for people with hypertension (high blood pressure) has concluded that a diet or use of the medication orlistat can help to lower both weight and blood pressure.

Researchers at the Medical University of Graz in Australia analysed 48 existing studies on weight loss in people with high blood pressure, 38 of which involved diets and ten of which focussed on the use of weight-loss drugs such as orlistat.

The researchers found that patients who went on a diet or took drugs reduced their body weight more effectively than those who did not.

In addition, those who dieted or took orlistat also benefited from a reduction in blood pressure, although the same was not found for patients on another weight-loss drug, sibutramine.

Publishing their findings in the Archives of Internal Medicine, the researchers revealed: "A reduction in body weight of approximately 4kg (8.8lb) was necessary to achieve a reduction of approximately 6mg of mercury in systolic blood pressure with dietary treatment and of approximately 2.5mg of mercury with orlistat."ADNFCR-858-ID-18521514-ADNFCR

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