Study Finds Churches Can Help Lower High Blood Pressure in African-Americans

October 31, 2018

The church plays a significant role in the African-American community, and has been used before to promote health information on cancer screening, vaccinations, HIV awareness, and weight reduction. And now research shows the church can also help African-American parishioners manage hypertension, a condition that affects 40 percent of this minority population in the United States.

In a study published in October in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, a team including Gbenga Ogedegbe, MD, MPH, a professor in the departments of medicine and population health at New York University’s Langone Medical Center, found that lifestyle interventions administered in churches by lay health advisers significantly reduced blood pressure among African-Americans…

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