A new study by American scientists suggests that adults and especially women have become more likely to experience high blood pressure during the coronavirus pandemic.
This is the conclusion reached by researchers from the Cleveland Clinic.
The study is based on data on 464,585 people who annually participated in various health improvement programs sponsored by employers. Employees and their partners from 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia had their blood pressure measured for three years. It was found that its marks during the pandemic period from April to December 2020 were significantly higher than in 2019.
On average, blood pressure increased by 1 – 2.5 mm Hg. Recall that the pressure indicator consists of two numbers — upper systolic and lower diastolic. Systolic and diastolic blood pressure during the pandemic increased in men and women in all age groups, but it was observed more often in the fair sex.
Scientists cannot explain why women are more likely to experience hypertension. But the pandemic is likely to be a particularly heavy burden on women’s shoulders, especially if they are working women. The study showed that weight gain was not an obvious reason for the increase in blood pressure, but the wrong choice of products could play a role among other factors.