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Associations of Aerobic Exercise and Alcohol Consumption With Systolic Blood Pressure in Employed Males

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H. William Gruchow, Professor (Creator)
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The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Patterns of alcohol consumption and physical activity were analysed in relation to blood pressure in a group of 522 employed males. Alcohol intake, as well as age and the body mass index, were directly related to systolic blood pressure (SBP) while aerobic exercise was inversely related. Men who exercised occasionally or not at all had a mean (± s.d.) SSP of 120.3 ± 14.3, whereas men who took frequent exercise had a mean SSP of 117.4 ± 12.7 (P < 0.02). Among light and moderate drinkers (≤ 7 ounces/week), increased frequency of exercise was associated with a lower SBP (b = -0.149, P = 0.05); but we observed no effect among heavy drinkers (b = -0.036, P is NS). These findings suggest that the contribution of aerobic exercise towards lowering SSP may be mitigated by heavier use of alcohol.

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Publication
Journal of Hypertension 1986, 4 (suppl 5):S358-S360
Language: English
Date: 1986
Keywords
alcohol use, blood pressure, exercise, exertion, hypertension