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Hypertension, a Related Condition of Prediabetes, in Women

Doctor takes a woman's blood pressure

That blood-boiling tiff with your coworker? An epic fight with your spouse? It happens all the time, and it’s no surprise that getting into an argument can raise your blood pressure.

However, a new study finds that spats, aggravating situations and other negative social interactions can trigger a long-term jump in blood pressure in middle-aged women.

Published in the journal Health Psychology, the research looked at blood pressure data in more than 1,500 men and women between the ages of 51 and 91, none of whom had high blood pressure at the start of the study. They found that for every one-point rise in negative socializing scores (gleaned from questionnaires about their interactions), women between 51 and 64 years of age saw their risk for developing high blood pressure jump by 38%.

According to the researchers, this finding reflects the observations of previous research showing that women are more sensitive to the quality of their relationships than men are.

High blood pressure is a related condition of prediabetes. People with high blood pressure are at risk for developing diabetes, and, conversely, people with prediabetes are more likely to develop high blood pressure. Learn more about the link between high blood pressure and prediabetes.

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