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Practicing religion was the secret ingredient, added to lifestyle changes, that helped a group of Black people reduce their high blood pressure, according to a new study published Tuesday in the scientific journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.

Researchers used volunteers who suffer from high blood pressure and also attend church to see how certain religious practices would affect their hypertension. Black folks, already by far the most religious group in America, have been disproportionately diagnosed with hypertension.

“Our findings prove that people with uncontrolled hypertension can, indeed, better manage their blood pressure through programs administered in places of worship,” said Dr. Gbenga Ogedegbe, the lead author of the study.

The study was based on data collected from 2010 to 2014, from 373 Black participants with hypertension who attend church in New York City.

Researchers divided the participants into two groups,m with each receiving health education. Just one of the groups also received religious intervention, which included prayer, scripture reading and faith-based discussion related to health.

After six months, those in the religious intervention group reduced their systolic blood pressure by 5.8 mm Hg (millimeters of mercury).

Blood pressure readings consist of two parts: systolic and diastolic. Systolic is the pressure created when the heart beats and diastolic is the pressure when it’s resting, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC defines a healthy blood pressure reading as less than 120/80 mm Hg, with the first number systolic and the second diastolic.

African-Americans suffer hypertension at the highest rate in the world, according to the American Heart Association. More than 40 percent of non-Hispanic African-American men and women have high blood pressure. For African-Americans, high blood pressure also develops earlier in life and is usually more severe.

Ogedegbe, who teaches at New York University School of Medicine, urged clergy and church leaders to pay attention to this study.

“Vulnerable populations often have lower access to primary care. We need to reduce racial disparities in hypertension-related outcomes between Blacks and whites,” he added.

 

Jesus Can Lower Your Blood Pressure, Study Finds was originally published on newsone.com

2 thoughts on “Jesus Can Lower Your Blood Pressure, Study Finds

  1. Passing Through!! on said:

    Believing this s**t has been killing black people for years. Get your checkup black folk! By the age of 28-30 every adult person should have a regular primary physician that you see once a year to have labs, Urine, blood work, and an overall screening for diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol with some moderate exercise. Sorry, but you can’t pray bad health away. Jesus can’t fix your high blood pressure if your still eating fired chicken on a regular, no exercise. Preventative and wellness screenings are the single most efficient way to stay healthy and catch certain disease and illnesses in their infancy so they may be addressed accordingly. Believing that you can pray illness away is some ole ancient beliefs of our grandparents and sadly some of our people still live by this and it’s killing them. This article might be very misleading to the feeble mined, bible sheep black people. I bet this study is headed by someone white.

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