Scientists investigate the benefits of pleasure for your heart

Dopamine may be tapped to lower blood pressure.

If you suffer from high blood pressure, you aren't alone. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that one in three adults across the country are living with this condition, also known as hypertension. Several aspects of your lifestyle can influence your risk of developing this issue, which can lead to diabetes, heart disease and other serious health concerns that threaten your aging longevity. Excessive consumption of sodium and saturated fats, for example, may make you more likely to encounter high blood pressure.

Since the potential consequences of this medical issue are so dire, researchers around the world have sought to find new and effective ways to both prevent and reverse it. Most recently, a team of Swiss scientists reportedly created a gene model that may potentially temper spikes in blood pressure when inserted as an implant. How? By responding to the spikes in dopamine that take place when you eat something you love, or indulge in a bit of physical intimacy with your partner.

"The feel-good messenger molecule [dopamine] activates the module depending on the dosage. In response to an increase in the dopamine level in the blood, the module produces the desired active agent [to moderate blood pressure,]" a press release from ETH Zurich states.

This potential treatment is still in the early stages of development, but it could be promising for anyone with high blood pressure who is worried about aging gracefully. Stay tuned for more clinical breakthroughs in anti-aging medicine, and contact Longevity Centres of America in Houston today to learn more about hormone pellet implants, medical weight loss, infusion therapy and other rejuvenating treatments.