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August 1, 2005-- Posted at 4:55 PM CDT

Tampa, Fla.,PRNewswire-- People with hypertension (high blood pressure) should consider a regular exercise program, if they are not already doing so, says Stan Reents, PharmD, a pharmacologist and certified personal trainer and lifestyle counselor.

Hypertension is a serious disease because it can lead to other major health problems, including kidney disease, heart failure and stroke, according to Reents, author of the text "Sport and Exercise Pharmacology" and creator of http://www.athleteinme.com.

"Although exercise won't lower high blood pressure in everyone, it still should be considered an important part of the overall treatment plan," says Reents, who is a tennis player and has competed in triathlons.

Hypertension affects nearly 60 million adults in the US. A study published in a recent issue of Lancet revealed that, in 2000, 26.4% of the world's population had hypertension and it is predicted to soar to 29.2% by 2025.

That is the equivalent of 1 out of every 6 persons on earth.

Both the Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure (JNC) and the American College of Sports Medicine recommend at least 30 minutes of exercise per day in the management of hypertension, says Reents. These recommendations were published May 2003 and March 2004, respectively.

"Consumers don't read scientific publications. That's why I created AthleteInMe.com," says Reents. "I want people to have a resource where they can obtain reliable, but readable, information on exercise."

AthleteInMe.com has a thorough review of the effects of exercise on high blood pressure.

This information can be found in the story "Exercise and Hypertension."

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