Mobile phone calls may increase risk of high blood pressure: study

People who spend more time on the phone may have increased hypertension risk.

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TIMES – Talking on your mobile phone may increase the risk of high blood pressure, according to new research. Smartphone manufacturers spare no effort in adding awe-inspiring features to their latest flagship offerings. As a result, mobile phone usage in the world is understandably high.

Now, a new study suggests that using mobile phones for long hours can have side effects.

New research from SWNS (Southern Medical University) in Guangzhou, China shows that using mobile phones for calls for over thirty minutes a week increases high blood pressure risk by 12 per cent.

The research was recently published in the European Heart Journal—Digital Health.

The research utilised data from the UK Biobank. This comprises over 210,000 non–hypertensive adults (aged 37 to 73).

“While these findings will be verified after more research, it is recommended that you do not spend more than half an hour every week on mobile phone calls.”

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The average follow-up period of these individuals was twelve years. Some participants were instructed to self–report the time they spent using mobile phones for making and receiving calls.

The report included details like whether the participants used hands-free, years of use, and hours per week. After taking factors such as weight, age, and sex into consideration, the scientists studied the relationship between mobile phone use and new-onset hypertension.

People who spend more time on phones have an increased risk of high blood pressure
People who use mobile phones have a 7 per cent increased risk of high blood pressure compared to non-mobile phone users, according to the results of the study.

Furthermore, people who used mobile phones for over thirty minutes a week had a 12 per cent higher risk of high blood pressure compared to those who used their phones for less than thirty minutes.

Interestingly, the results were almost identical for all genders. It is worth noting that people who made hands–free phone calls did not have a higher risk of high blood pressure. .. READ MORE. 

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