Study: Hourly Wage Influences Blood Pressure

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Every year, more and more people are affected by the „silent killer“ hypertension. About 30% of the adult population suffers from high blood pressure worldwide. Hypertension plays a significant role in the progression of many cardiovascular diseases, strokes, heart attacks, kidney failure and premature death. A recent study examined the impact of socio-economic factors on the development of hypertension, and found out that there’s a close connection between hourly wage and blood pressure levels.

Low wage can result in high blood pressure

The study, conducted by the University of California in Davis, is based on the data of the Panel Study of Income Dynamics, which includes work- and health-related information of more than 5,000 US households over the course of several years. The test persons were between 25 and 65 years old.

The study, which was published in the European Journal of Public Health, revealed a statistically significant pattern: the lower the hourly wage, the higher the risk for hypertension. Increasing the wage about 50% resulted in a reduction of the risk about 16%. It was relatively surprising that two groups, in particular, were affected that aren’t typically associated with high blood pressure levels: women and people between 25 and 44 of age.

With this study, research could provide another evidence for the important role of socio-economic factors on personal health.

Blood pressure measurement “to go”

If your job’s work strain and stress level are too high, your body immediately reacts. High blood pressure can be one of the negative consequences for your health. That’s especially dangerous as hypertension can sneak up on anybody without being noticed. Many people suffering from high blood pressure get to know about their condition relatively late. Therefore, a regular blood pressure check is essential for personal health. Nowadays, you don’t necessarily need to go to a doctor to get reliable results. With blood pressure monitors everybody can keep track of personal blood pressure, thereby gaining important insights into personal health.

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