February 01, 2022
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The combination of healthy lifestyle and adherence to antihypertensive medications was associated with decreased risk for mortality in patients with hypertension, according to data in JAMA Network Open.
“No study has examined the joint association of antihypertensive medication use and healthy lifestyle with mortality among individuals with hypertension, to our knowledge. In addition, whether improvement in lifestyle may yield health benefits for individuals with hypertension is unclear,” Qi Lu, MBBS, of the department of nutrition and food hygiene at the Hubei Key Laboratory of Food Nutrition and Safety, Ministry of Education Key Laboratory of Environment and Health and State Key Laboratory of Environmental Health (Incubating) at Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology in Wuhan, China, and colleagues wrote. “To fill these knowledge gaps, we aimed to prospectively examine the association of antihypertensive medication use and healthy lifestyle, as well as changes in lifestyle, with risk of all-cause and cause-specific mortality among middle-aged and elderly adults with hypertension in China.”
Utilizing data from the Dongfeng-Tongji prospective cohort of employees at the Dongfeng Motor Corporation in China, researchers evaluated lifestyle factors, including BMI, smoking status, diet, physical activity and sleep duration. Lifestyle factors were scored on a