Well, it's AWESOME news that Hula can help to lower blood pressure!! So Exciting!
The initial results of a new study – which were presented at the American Heart Association's Hypertension 2019 Scientific Sessions show that the more than 250 Native Hawaiian participants (who were average age of 58, 80% female) who, although they were under medical treatment, still had high blood pressure as well as Type 2 Diabetes.
The participants attended one hour, twice weekly classes for 3 months, followed by one monthly lesson for the next 3 months with self directed practice as well as group activities to encourage hypertension education and healthy behaviors.
The researchers found that at six months those who did hula were more likely to have lowered their blood pressure to under 130/80, the current target for blood pressure treatment for patients without diabetes, and to have lowered their systolic (top number) blood pressure by an amount that significantly reduces the risk of heart attack, stroke and heart failure.
Even at their one year follow up, 6 months after their hula classes ended, they were able to sustain the improvements in their blood pressure!!!
"While the physical benefits of dancing hula are clear, other positive impacts include creating family-like social support and increasing self-confidence and acceptance of others," adds Mapuana de Silva, a cultural expert on hula and a consultant to the study. "This all comes from the essential cultural value of aloha which is fundamental to hula."
So glad that there is now scientific research and results to back up the incredible benefits of Hula... it's not just about entertainment! It can help EVERYONE stay healthy: Body Mind and Spirit!!
HULA IS LIFE!!! Keep dancing and enjoying life!! Grab your friends and have a Hula Party!!! Here's to your Happy Healthy Body!!
If you would like to read more here is the link: https://medicalxpress.com/news/2019-09-native-hawaiians-lowered-blood-pressure.html
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