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4 Your Health: the worst at staying home when sick; new revelations about blood pressure

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People who live alone are less likely to monitor their blood pressure at home.

Doctors recommend home monitoring for all patients with high blood pressure. But a new study of 6.000 adults found people without a partner checked their readings less frequently. Less educated patients also had lower rates of home monitoring.

But there has been an overall increase in the number of Americans tracking their blood pressure at home.

Keys to healthy blood pressure

Keeping a healthy weight is the best way to avoid high blood pressure.

Researchers at the University Of Alabama-Birmingham, looked at the long-term impact of several lifestyle behaviors.
 
People who maintained a normal body weight were much less likely to develop high blood pressure as they aged.

Also people who never smoked and who limited their use of alcohol were found to have lower blood pressure.

Skipping sick days

A  new survey suggests doctors are not heeding their own advice when they get sick.

Four in ten healthcare workers who came down with the flu said they continued going to work. Many doctors said they did not feel bad enough to stay home,  or they felt a professional obligation to go to work. Hospital employees were most likely to work while sick.

The survey also found only 77 percent of healthcare workers had a recent flu shot. That's well below the goal of 90 percent, set by the Centers For Disease Control.

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