New research has found that cardio-respiratory exercises can reduce sudden blood pressure hikes in aging men.
The study was based on the examination of 13,953 men aged between 20 and 90. The researchers collected data on the men’s naturally occurring systolic blood pressure and diastolic blood pressure. The participants had to complete three to 28 follow-up examinations and their fitness levels were determined based on their performance on a treadmill exercise stress test.
In general, in men, systolic blood pressure levels increased to prehypertension levels at around the age of 46 while diastolic blood pressure levels started to increase at the age of 42.
At the end of the study, the researchers found that those who had higher levels of cardiorespiratory fitness delayed the start of rising systolic blood pressure levels to the age of 54. Also, the levels of diastolic blood pressure did not reach prehypertension levels until around 90 years old.
These results show that cardiorespiratory exercises may help in reducing the risk of high blood pressure.