Some 25 percent of the subjects developed hypertension during the course of the 10-year study. Researchers found that people who had large waistlines at the beginning of the study had a higher risk for hypertension than those who had little or no abdominal fat.
Even in otherwise healthy individuals, an expanding waistline meant high blood pressure. The findings of the study are published in the American Journal of Hypertension.
Dr. Chen Huan Chen, lead author of the study told Reuters that regardless of the current status on blood pressure, abdominal fat always increased blood pressure.