Playing football can tackle high blood pressure in men
The study from Universities of Exeter and Copenhagen, and Gentofte University Hospital in Denmark found that playing the sport was more effective than other healthy lifestyle advices.
After six months of football training, three out of four men in the study had blood pressure within the normal, healthy range, the Daily Mail reported.
It has long been known that physical exercise can reduce blood pressure in patients with hypertension, but until now little evidence is available on which form of exercise is most effective.
The research team recruited 33 men aged between 33 and 54 with mild to moderate hypertension.
They randomly divided them in two groups: one took part in two hour-long football training sessions a week while the other received usual care by general practitioner (GP) including advice about the importance of physical activity and a healthy diet, together with control blood pressure measurements.
The effects on exercise capacity, maximal oxygen uptake, body fat and blood pressure, were monitored after three months and at the end of the six-month trial.
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