01:22pm Monday 13 July 2020

Premenopausal women needed for new blood pressure study

The Female Blood Pressure Study requires female volunteers to take part in a student research project to study the influence of different phases of menstrual cycle on blood pressure.

School of Human Life Sciences research fellow Dr Kiran Ahuja said that participants should be aged between 18-42 years, have a regular menstrual cycle and have not taken any hormonal contraception for at least four months.

The study will take place at the UTAS Newnham campus in Launceston and ideally around 35 women will take part.

 “We are hoping to determine how different phases of the menstrual cycle affect blood pressure – we need to know if we should be controlling the effects of menstruation while undertaking research into the relationship between food and blood pressure, otherwise the outcomes could be skewed.”

“This study is open to University students, staff and members of the wider community,” she said.

Participants in the study will need to visit the Newnham UTAS campus three times during the course of one menstrual cycle, where they will be provided with breakfast (a controlled food) before testing begins. At the end of the study blood cholesterol, glucose and blood pressure results will be made available.

For more information, please call Dr Kiran Ahuja on (03) 6324 5478 or email Ker Lei Lee [email protected]

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