Study Links Oral Microbiome to Hypertension

Study Links Oral Microbiome to Hypertension

Nearly 50% of the adult population in the U.S. suffer from hypertension and thus have higher chances of developing CVDs. In addition, a recent study discovered a link between specific types of oral microbiota in menopausal women.

The researchers wanted to determine whether the link between oral microbiota and high blood pressure is casual. Usually, the blood pressure can elevate and lower during the day, but it can lead to health problems if it stays high. There are several science-based ways to prevent and reduce high blood pressure, but it is still widespread. That is why scientists continue to investigate why some individuals have hypertension and the most efficient way to regulate it.

As per previous research, bacteria and microbes can impact one’s chances of having high blood pressure. There is more scientific proof that the microbiome maintains a healthy lifestyle by the day. The focus of this study is on investigating the role of oral microbiota.

The study involved 1,215 menopausal women. After their enrollment, the research team took samples of their oral microbiota and considered the participants’ medical history. Moreover, the participants answered questions about whether they were taking medication. When the study began, 40% of the women who took part were prescribed medications to treat high blood pressure. 

The research team analyzed the samples from the microbiota in the mouth and detected ten species connected to an increased risk of high blood pressure. Additionally, they considered the age and lifestyle of the participants.

However, the study’s authors believe that more research is needed to clarify further the connection between certain oral bacteria and higher chances of high blood pressure in the older female population since this connection does not consequently indicate causation. In addition, future research should investigate whether managing the microbiota could positively affect one’s chances of having high blood pressure.

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