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Hypopressive Hype

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Hypopressive exercise, also known as hypopressive abdominal gymnastics, is a relatively new type of exercise touted as a way for women to manage leaky bladders or prolapsed wombs. It's all about intensely activating postural muscles while controlling breathing.

It's also very popular, promoted by physical therapists, athletic coaches and others as a way to strengthen muscles and remedy ailments. That promotion, however, comes with no actual evidence of efficacy. In a recent editorial in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, editors say there have been no studies to show its series of deep breaths and abdominal muscle contractions provide specific benefits.

On the other hand, a similar technique -- pelvic floor muscle training developed by Arnold Kegel -- has been shown to have benefits for urinary incontinence and prolapsed wombs.

Turn Down the Pressure

New data from the National Center for Health Statistics says more than half of Americans with high blood pressure do not have it under control. Unregulated high blood pressure or hypertension increases the risk of stroke, heart attack and heart failure.

It's also common: The overall rate of hypertension in 2016 was 30.2 percent among U.S. men and 27.7 among U.S. women, with rates increasing with age. Hypertension is most common among black adults at a little over 40 percent.

 

The only good news is that the bad news isn't worse. Researchers found that the overall rate of hypertension had not changed between 1999 and 2016.

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