New Delhi, Jan 1: Six months of yoga lifestyle "significantly reduces" blood pressure in pre-hypertensive patients, a new study by doctors at a city hospital has claimed.
The study, recently published in the Journal of Hypertension, was conducted by researchers from the Department of Neurophysiology of the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital (SGRH).
"It was a randomised study of 120 patients to study the effect of yoga lifestyle on ambulatory blood pressure in patients with high normal blood pressure (prehypertension)," the hospital said in a statement.
The patients were divided into two groups -- Group A (yoga), who were assigned to practice yoga an intensive lifestyle modification; while patients in the Group B (conventional) were prescribed the conventional lifestyle modifications (exercise, diet, smoking cessation), it said.
"Twenty-four hour diastolic BP particularly the night diastolic and mean arterial pressures showed a significant decrease from the baseline in the yoga group compared to the conventional group, whose members underwent lifestyle modifications at 12 weeks," said Nandini Agarwal, author of the study.
"This study has convincingly demonstrated that yoga intervention in patients with prehypertension can significantly reduce blood pressure," Agarwal claimed.
M Gourie Devi, Chairperson, Department of Neurophysiology at the SGRH, said, "Hypertension is a major public health problem throughout the world with over one in five adults affected worldwide and this is likely to increase to 29.2 per cent by 2025."
Pre-hypertension is a precursor of clinical hypertension and is closely related with the increased incidence of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases, Devi said.
Sandeep Joshi, co-author of the study, said, "Patients with prehypertension (120- 139 / 80-89 mmHg) have an increased risk of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality compared with patients who have normal blood pressure (less than 120/80 mmHg)."
The yogic practices that were followed in the study were, health rejuvenating exercises, asanas, breathing and relaxation exercises and meditation, the hospital said.
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Islamabad: Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa said on Saturday that the war against terrorism will be consolidated to achieve enduring peace both in the country and in the region.
General Bajwa's remarks came on the third anniversary of Operation Radd ul Fasaad (RuF - 'rejection of violence'), a counter-terrorism operation launched under his leadership in Pakistan.
"Gains of two decades of war on terror shall be consolidated to achieve enduring peace and stability both for Pakistan and the region," Pakistan Army's spokesman Major General Babar Iftikhar quoted Bajwa saying in a tweet.
The Army spokesman said the operation RuF was launched to consolidate gains of all past operations and "indiscriminately eliminating residual and latent threat of terrorism, ensuring security of Pakistan's borders".
"In this journey from terrorism to tourism, security forces and intelligence agencies backed by the entire nation, achieved unparalleled success at a monumental cost paid in men and material," he said.
In February 2017, the terrorist group Jamaat-ul-Ahrar claimed responsibility for several suicide attacks across Pakistan.
With an increase of attacks across the country, the Pakistan Army launched Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad.
During Operation RuF, the military carried out more than 49,000 intelligence based operations to foil terror attacks and prevent militant attacks.