Wed, 16 May 2012 08:23:11 GMT | By AFPRelaxnews, Updated by Simone Camy

Fitness can fight high blood pressure genes

High blood pressure runs in the family, but a new study finds keeping fit can significantly reduce the risks.


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(Relaxnews) - If high blood pressure runs in your family, a new study suggests you can turn your odds around by keeping physically fit.

A new study published Monday shows that physically fit people with a family history of high blood pressure were up to 34 percent less likely to develop high blood pressure than people who rarely exercised. The bonus is that it didn't take hours in the gym to see the benefit, but about 70 minutes of brisk walking every day.

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