Grilled meat, high-heat cooking raise risk of high blood pressure


Regularly eating meats that are sizzled on the grill may increase the risk of high blood pressure, a new study suggests. But well, barbequed meats can be risky for your health as they increase the blood pressure, suggested by a new study. So why would grilled meat raise the risk of high blood pressure? Moreover, the participants were mostly Caucasians in the health industry, and specific methods of cooking, including stewing and stir-frying, were not taken into account. A new research conducted by Harvard has shown that tucking in well-cooked meats including chicken and fish, may up your risk of developing high blood pressure. It found people who ate meat cooked with high heat more than 15 times a month had a 17% greater risk for high blood pressure. Based on the findings of this recently published study, eating grilled meat, may it be red or white, could increase the risk of hypertension, or high blood pressure. The process was found to result in oxidative stress, inflammation, and insulin resistance - all of these things can affect the linings of blood vessels and eventually lead to high blood pressure.

Gang Liu, the study's lead author and a research fellow at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, says that the research merely suggests that avoiding the use of open-flame or high-temperature cooking methods could reduce the risk of developing hypertension, reports the Today show.

Medical literature has repeatedly cited how unhealthy habits like smoking, along with high blood pressure, are major risk factors for the development of an aneurysm.

The study had a few limitations and was not considered definitive since cause and effect were not proven. The three ways of cooking that were highlighted as culprits by the study included grilling, broiling and roasting.

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Other studies have found that people who regularly eat well-done meat have more chances of developing certain cancers, as well as heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

The study was presented at the American Heart Association's Epidemiology and Prevention / Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health Scientific Sessions 2018 (Council on Epidemiology and Prevention).The mission is to lead the discovery and translation of science related to the distribution and sources of cardiovascular disease with a prominence on latest population advances to prevent cardiovascular disease.

The researchers, however, stressed that their study "identifies a trend" where grilled meats and hypertension are associated, but does not prove any form of causality.

The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke - the two leading causes of death in the world. One study from 2014 also suggested chemical compounds produced in barbeque grills could cause cancer.