Now many of us know this isn’t “breaking news”, but according to a new study published in the European Journal of Public Health, “earning low wages could put you at risk for high blood pressure.” I know you need to stop laughing right now, but seriously this is the type of research work that’s available out there. So you may want to put your entrepreneur hat on.
What was the process? Well. researchers examined the health data for 5,000 people aged 25 to 65, whose information was collected every two years from 1999 to 2005 and who didn’t have high blood pressure at the beginning of the study. The results: Workers with the lowest wages were more likely to have hypertension than workers with the highest wages. The correlation was particularly strong among women and people between the ages of 25 to 44, a finding the researchers didn’t expect but say makes sense, since those groups are likely to be working lower-wage jobs. Hypertension also increases your chances of developing additional health problems like heart disease and stroke.
Some of the tips — “earn more money” – no, seriously they didn’t list that one. But they did say three ways to keep your blood pressure in check:
Sleep Like a Baby: A 2009 study in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine found that people who slept fewer than 7 or 8 hours or had poor sleep were more likely to have high blood pressure
Flip to the Classical Station: In a study presented at the Society of Hypertension’s 2012 annual meeting, Italian researchers found that listening to 30 minutes of Mozart a day can decrease blood pressure.
Go Bananas: Bananas contain about 422 milligrams of potassium, which, according to the American Heart Association, can help control blood pressure because of its ability to lessen the effects of sodium, a known culprit of high blood pressure.
What say you?