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Female participants sought for research related to arterial stiffness and high blood pressure

BOONE—Females between the ages of 50 and 75 are being sought for a research study at Appalachian State University related to arterial stiffness and high blood pressure.

Watermelon supplementation for four to six weeks has been reported to decrease arterial stiffness in adults with high blood pressure. The primary purpose of the study is to determine the effectiveness of six weeks of watermelon supplementation (compared to no treatment) on blood vessel health, and blood markers of oxidative stress, antioxidant capacity, inflammation, metabolism and cardiovascular disease in adult women.

The study will be conducted in Boone under the direction of Assistant Professor Andrew Shanely from the Department of Health, Leisure, and Exercise Science in the College of Health Sciences at Appalachian State University.

Females between 50 and 75 years, who have not menstruated for at least one year (menopause), are non-smokers, not currently taking hypertension medication (including diuretic medications), and with a body mass index (BMI) higher than 25 are invited to apply to the study. Participants must come twice to the department’s Vascular Biology and Autonomic Studies Laboratory located at 251 Industrial Park Dr. for two mornings for 1.5 to two hours each time.

Volunteers selected for and completing the study will receive $200. To sign up, contact Dr. Andrew Shanely at or 704-340-3976.