Why are some people sicker than others?
Posted On August 9, 2021
Some of us can be more sensitive to the impact of illness, while others can be less so, according to new research.
The findings suggest that some people can have a more pronounced effect on their health as they age and may be able to adjust to more chronic illness in an effort to keep their blood pressure and cholesterol under control.
The researchers found that the average adult who is 75 years old has a blood pressure of 120/80 mmHg.
The average person in their 80s has a lower blood pressure at 90/70 mmHG.
“This is an area that we haven’t really really examined yet, but it’s important to recognize that a lot of these associations are related to the people that are older,” said Dr. Sarah Tisch, an associate professor of pediatrics at University of California, San Francisco.
“We have to understand that these associations may be more pronounced in older people.”
The researchers looked at data from more than 14,000 people who had blood pressure levels of more than 110/80mmHg or had taken medications that can lower the pressure.
The average blood pressure in the participants who were 80 or older was 111/84 mmH6, which was also the highest in the study.
That’s slightly higher than the average blood level in the general population of 115/80.
The median blood pressure was 101/75 mmH5.
“Our findings indicate that the risk for cardiovascular disease and some forms of cancer is higher in older adults,” said Tisch.
“That’s something we’ve known for some time.”
In this chart, you can see that blood pressure is the primary predictor of mortality in the US.
It’s also the risk factor for certain types of cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes and more.
In addition to the study participants, researchers also examined data from a separate study in England that looked at nearly 8,000 adults over age 70.
They found that blood pressures were the primary risk factor in about 30 percent of participants, with a higher proportion of people having a high blood pressure.
The number of people with a high body mass index was about 10 percent.
In the new study, Tisch and her colleagues focused on the relationship between blood pressure, smoking, and mortality.
They also looked at people who were in different age groups and the risk of heart disease.
Tisch said that the findings may not apply to every person.
“There are people that have more of a high systolic blood pressure or a high diastolic blood Pressure and those people don’t have a higher risk of dying of heart attacks,” she said.
“So there are people with high blood pressures who don’t die of heart attack.”
The findings were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Dr. David R. Cohen, chief medical officer of the Mayo Clinic, said the findings support the notion that people should be aware of their blood pressures.
“If you’re older, your blood pressure should be checked and you should have some control over your blood pressures,” he said.