“It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Once again, Jesus was right.
New research by Carnegie Mellon University found that older adults who give up their time and efforts in volunteering for at least 200 hours per year decrease their risk of high blood pressure by 40 percent. Hypertension is a significant contributor to cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death in America.
Rodlescia S. Sneed, the lead author of the study, said the research will allow older adults to think about a positive lifestyle factor that can contribute to their health, alongside the traditional negative factors like poor diet and lack of exercise.
Researchers found the type of volunteer activities made no difference. Only the amount of time spent volunteering played a role in reducing the risk of hypertension.
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