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How can obesity lead to high blood pressure?

Michael T. Murray, ND
Naturopathic Medicine

High blood pressure - Additional fat tissue in the body needs oxygen and nutrients in order to live, so the blood vessels are required to circulate more blood to the fat tissue. This increases the work of the heart because it must pump more blood through additional blood vessels. More circulating blood also means more pressure on the artery walls. Higher pressure on the artery walls increases blood pressure. In addition, extra weight can raise the heart rate and reduce the body's ability to transport blood through the vessels.

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