Obesity and hypertension (high blood pressure) is intimately connected. There are 58 to 65 million adults who have hypertension in the United States. Hypertension is the most common reason for office visits of non-pregnant adults to their physicians and for the use of prescription drugs, and obese people are more likely to have hypertension.

The most important issue to remember is that obesity is associated with hypertension, and hypertension is associated with numerous other diseases that can affect overall health and life expectancy. Anti-hypertension medications should be started if hypertension is diagnosed. But, weight-loss can lead to a significant drop in blood pressure and may permit a decrease in the number of medications taken or decrease the amount of medication taken.  Prevention would be better than any drug therapy.