Our Skin May Regulate Blood Pressure, a New Study Says
According to a recent study by the scientists from the United Kingdom and Sweden, our skin may play a significant role in the regulation of blood pressure levels.
For the study, a team of scientists analyzed the data received from mice with genetically engineered with lack of various HIF proteins in the skin. The mice were exposed to low oxygen levels. The researchers found that the mice lacking HIF-1-alpha or HIF-2-alpha experienced a significant rise in skin temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure, and their physical activity declined.
First study author Dr. Andrew Cowburn from the University of Cambridge explains: “Low oxygen levels – whether temporary or sustained – are common and can be related to our natural environment or to factors such as smoking and obesity. We hope that our study will help us better understand how the body’s response to such conditions may increase our risk – or even cause – hypertension.”
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