According to a study presented at the American Heart Association’s 2015 High Blood Pressure Conference by Higi, interactive health data plus reward incentives may help lower blood pressure and create lasting behavior changes.
Participants in the nearly three-year study, average age 52, showed a blood pressure reading of 140/90 mmHg or more – which is considered high – at their first higi measurement. Fifty-six percent of participants were men, 44 percent were women and nearly half were obese. Analyzing the activities of approximately 153,000 study subjects who met the inclusion criteria, researchers found:
- Nearly half decreased their systolic blood pressure.
- Of those with greater than 20 achievements, about 85 percent lowered their blood pressure to non-hypertensive.
- Participants with more than 20 achievements showed an average drop of systolic blood pressure of 16.2 mmHg and a drop of diastolic pressure of 10.6 mmHg
“What we found in our study confirms what many have felt intuitively: when individuals are armed with their health data, they can make meaningful improvements in their health that may lead to lasting behavior change,” said Khan M. Siddiqui, chief technology officer and chief medical officer at higi. “Our findings bolster our belief that the best way to help consumers live healthier lives is to empower them with personally meaningful data, content and rewards that make healthier choices second nature.”