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How does being overweight cause high blood pressure?

Being overweight causes high blood pressure because the more you weigh, the more blood that needs to supply oxygen and nutrients to your body. This causes an increase in pressure.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiologist (Heart Specialist)

Many factors can cause high blood pressure, including stress, high levels of sodium, lack of calcium, lack of potassium from eating too little fruits and vegetables, and lack of physical activity. But it's also clear that being overweight directly leads to high blood pressure. This happens in part when the kidneys, squashed by fat, feign death unless they are fed with a higher blood pressure (your kidneys are the organ primarily responsible for regulating blood pressure).

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