Popular Blood Pressure Drugs Tied to Slight Rise in Cancer Risk

High blood pressure (hypertension)

photo of Sandhya Pruthi, M.D.

The increase in solid tumors was concentrated in lung cancers, whose incidence was 25% higher in those taking an ARB, he said. Despite the rise in risk, the researchers noted that there was only a slight increase in deaths from cancer among ARB users — 1.8% for those taking ARBs, 1.6% for those taking placebo, a difference that was not statistically significant. Most of the people in the trials — 85.7% — were taking the ARB telmisartan (Micardis), while the remainder took other ARBs such as losartan, valsartan and candesartan. The drugs work by blocking cell receptors for angiotensin II, a hormone that plays an important role in regulating blood pressure. Another class of drugs that are used for the same purposes are the ACE inhibitors , which prevent the formation of the active form of angiotensin.

Sandhya Pruthi, certified by the American Board of Family Practice, has been practicing medicine at Mayo Clinic since 1995 with special interests in breast diseases and women’s health. Dr. Pruthi is a consultant in the Department of Medicine, the Division of General Internal Medicine and the Breast Diagnostic Clinic. She is an associate professor of medicine at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Rochester, Minn.

Have intimacy, reduce high blood pressure risk

They are of the view that sex is a form of exercise which, when engaged in regularly, have so many benefits for the body. Researchers from Scotland, who reported their findings in the journal Biological Psychology, submit that sex relieves stress and lowers blood pressure. The scientists insist that frequent intercourse was associated with lower diastolic blood pressure (the bottom number of blood see belly fat burning foods to reverse obesity pressure) in people who live together and have sex often. Sex also boosts immunity, scientists tell us. Researchers from the Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, USA, say having sex once or twice a week has been linked with higher levels of an antibody called immunoglobulin A, which can protect you from getting colds and other infections.

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