Life in the high mountains reduces risk for chronic diseases

An American research team has found that people who live far up in the Himalayas, have a lower risk of chronic diseases such as hypertension and Diabetes-related anemia. You assume that this vessels with the blood and the inhibition of the formation of red blood cells permanently at high altitudes people living together.

The researchers compared the study to the health of people living in the mountains in the southwest of China, with Chinese from low altitudes. This showed that the mountain dwellers had a significantly lower risk for high blood pressure and Diabetes-associated anemia. Prof. Katherine walking from Binghamton University in New York noted: "Our research suggests that adaptations to high altitudes of the Himalayas have effects that go beyond coping with low oxygen availability also. You seem to also lower the risk for high blood pressure and diabetics for anemia."

Better blood circulation in Höhenlagen

Due to the expansion of blood vessels increased blood flow, what is the supply of oxygen during the low blood oxygen content in high altitude living people. The researchers assume that this lowers the far position of the vessels, the risk for high blood pressure. In addition, the Himalayan residents have lost a mechanism that boosts normally the production of red blood cells in a low blood oxygen level. This could go hand-in-hand according to the researchers, the risk for a blood reduce poverty, often with Diabetes.

Hiking says: "Chronic diseases are a global phenomenon. Therefore, it is important to understand how differences between the populations interact with the mechanism of chronic diseases, inter. Adjustments in height are only one example for such an interaction."

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