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Body mass index is associated with differential seasonal change in ambulatory blood pressure levels.
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PMID:  8972888     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Seasonal changes in blood pressure may be partially explained in thermoregulatory terms. We hypothesized that the seasonal variation in blood pressure is related to body mass index, due to the increased thermoregulatory requirements of leaner individuals. Ambulatory systolic and diastolic blood pressure were monitored once each in summer and winter in 101 healthy normotensive men aged 28 to 63 years. Environmental conditions and body mass index were measured. The population was divided according to quartiles of body mass index. The percentage of subjects with systolic blood pressure increases of more than 10 mm Hg from summer to winter was highest among subjects in the lowest body mass index category, and lowest among those in the highest body mass index category (35% and 8%, respectively, P < .0001). After adjusting for possible confounders, the change in mean systolic blood pressure from summer to winter was inversely associated with body mass index (beta = -0.26, P = .0149). There was no association between diastolic blood pressure change and body mass index. The increase in systolic blood pressure from summer to winter is inversely and independently associated with body mass index. Hypertension research and epidemiological blood pressure studies should take into account the interaction between season, body mass index, and blood pressure. It may also be important to assess hypertension and response to antihypertensive treatment in relation to season, particularly in lean hypertensives.
E Kristal-Boneh; G Harari; M S Green; J Ribak
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of hypertension     Volume:  9     ISSN:  0895-7061     ISO Abbreviation:  Am. J. Hypertens.     Publication Date:  1996 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1997-04-08     Completed Date:  1997-04-08     Revised Date:  2009-02-24    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8803676     Medline TA:  Am J Hypertens     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1179-85     Citation Subset:  IM    
Occupational Health & Rehabilitation Institute, Raanana, Israel.
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MeSH Terms
Blood Pressure / physiology*
Blood Pressure Monitoring, Ambulatory / methods*
Body Mass Index*
Body Temperature Regulation / physiology
Middle Aged
Reference Values
Risk Factors

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