Staying active by doing volunteer work may be the key to lowering the risk of hypertension in older adults, ScienceDaily.com reports.

Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University interviewed 1,164 participants aged 51 to 91 about their lifestyle and volunteer work in 2006 and in 2010.

The results showed that those who did volunteer work for at least 200 hours during the 2006 interview were 40 percent less likely to develop hypertension than those who didn't have any social activities.

“As people get older, social transitions like retirement, bereavement and the departure of children from the home often leave older adults with fewer natural opportunities for social interaction,” explains researcher Rodlescia S. Sneed. “Participating in volunteer activities may provide older adults with social connections that they might not have otherwise.”

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

(Photo by SalFalko via Flickr Creative Commons)

Personal Loan Calculator
Use this calculator to know how much you'll be paying based on current interests of banks.*
This is required.
This is required.
*Rates can change without prior notice.
Continue
Get the latest updates from Female Network
Subscribe to our Newsletter!
Recommended Videos
Comments
Trending on Network

Latest Stories

DOT Pays Tribute to COVID-19 Frontliners Through This Touching Video

"Even if we can’t see the smiles behind the masks, their warmth can be felt..."

Introverts Can Struggle With Social Distancing, Too

It's okay to admit if you're having a hard time doing the one thing you thought you were good at.

Nurse Serving COVID-19 Patients Has Not Seen Her Kids in 18 Days

"Bigla na lang ako umiyak sa pagod, sa takot. Naisip ko mga anak ko..."

How Rich Is Hyun Bin, AKA Captain Ri?

Despite all his wealth, Hyun Bin isn't one to squander his money.
Load More Stories