Personality Traits May Foreshadow Risk For High Blood Pressure - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/21/03

Personality Traits May Foreshadow Risk For High Blood Pressure

There is more evidence that certain personality traits can spell out a person's risk for high blood pressure. This after following the health data of more than 3,000 young adults for 15 years. Researchers found that two factors had a dramatic impact on the risk of developing high blood pressure years later. One was time urgency and impatience, which essentially describes those folks who are always in a hurry and completely stressed out if they're made to wait. The other was hostility, which means a distrust of others, often with hostile interactions with others. The researchers found that either of those traits greatly increases a young adult's risk of high blood pressure trouble later on.

The study is in the Journal of the American Medical Association. It also says that regular exercise is a good way to reduce stress. So, if you think you fit one of those high risk personality traits, the study suggests you talk to your doctor about blood pressure and exercise, which may need to be part of the treatment.

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