Study Shows Wealthier Men Are More Likely to Develop High Blood Pressure
Today in obvious news: Mo' money, mo' health problems. According to a study by the European Society of Cardiology, working men with higher incomes are more likely to develop hypertension.
All over the world, more than one billion people have high blood pressure. It's the leading cause of premature death, and having a higher net worth has been proven to be connected to it. High blood pressure, researchers say, is a lifestyle-related disease.
The study used data from Japanese workers with annual incomes ranging from less than five million to more than 10 million yen. Compared to men with lower incomes, wealthier men were twice as likely to develop high blood pressure—and that's regardless of age, worksite, occupation, and even smoking habits.
One of the reasons is because men with higher household incomes were more likely to be obese and drink alcohol daily.
"Men with higher incomes need to improve their lifestyles to prevent high blood pressure," said study author Dr. Shingo Yanagiya of the Hokkaido University Graduate School of Medicine, Sapporo, Japan. "Steps include eating healthily, exercising, and controlling weight. Alcohol should be kept to moderate levels and binge drinking avoided."