Researchers for the first time found new link between anti-aging gene, ‘klotho‘, and high blood pressure.
It was found that increasing the levels of klotho not only stopped raising blood pressure levels, but also succeeded in bringing it back to normal levels.
Persistent hypertension is a major risk factor for various hazardous health issues like heart attack, stroke, arterial aneurysm and also chronic renal failure.
The research was led by principal investigator Zhongjie Sun, M.D., Ph.D., a cardiovascular expert at the OU College of Medicine, tested the effect of anti-aging gene on reducing high blood pressure levels.
“One single injection of the klotho gene can reduce hypertension for at least 12 weeks and possibly longer. Klotho is also available as a protein and, conceivably, we could ingest it as a powder much like we do with protein drinks,” said Sun.