In a recent article, Bleacher reports that the blood pressure data collected from thousands of US citizens is being used to help determine if you have the potential for cardiovascular disease.
The database of blood pressure is also being used in order to determine whether you should be considered overweight or obese.
This is a good thing, because it helps doctors and researchers determine if your body’s natural mechanisms for lowering blood pressure are working or not.
But it’s also dangerous.
You might be surprised to know that this is not the first time the data has been used to determine if a person is obese.
The data has also been used for a variety of purposes, including obesity prediction models and cardiovascular disease research.
A few years ago, a group of scientists at the University of California at Berkeley started collecting data on blood pressure from more than 1,000 people, including those with heart disease and those with high blood pressure.
It turned out that, while the data was valuable for making important predictions about people’s health, it also was useless for predicting whether they were obese.
“If we were going to make any sort of causal predictions about the risk of developing cardiovascular disease or type 2 diabetes, it was better to start with a population that had high blood pressures, and then compare it to those that had low blood pressure,” says Andrew Rissman, an associate professor at the university’s Department of Preventive Medicine.
The team looked at the blood pressures of 1,096 individuals who had heart disease, 2,639 individuals with high BP and 5,878 individuals who were not obese.
When they compared the blood measurements to those with low BP, they found that those with lower blood pressure had a significantly higher risk of cardiovascular disease than those with higher blood pressure—and their risk was much higher if they had hypertension.
In other words, it turns out that when people have high blood rates, their risk of becoming obese is higher.
The researchers say their data “demonstrates the value of incorporating both biomarkers into predictive models, and suggests that a biomarker-based approach to understanding cardiovascular disease risk can be useful for the future.”
However, as the study points out, the data also “does not provide evidence for a causal relationship between blood pressure and the risk for cardiovascular diseases.”
And even if the data did show a relationship between high blood and obesity, that could be a false positive because it could just be that the people who were overweight or had high BP were having a higher rate of developing heart disease or diabetes.
It could also be that people with higher BP were more likely to have higher cholesterol levels.
In any case, if you or anyone you know has been diagnosed with a heart attack or stroke, you should check your blood pressures.
And if you notice that you’re getting higher than your normal rate of blood flow to your heart, you might want to consider checking your weight as well.
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