A recent study has found that the lower the income of people in Japan, the more likely people they are to have high blood pressure.

The tendency seems to stem from alcohol consumption, obesity and lack of exercise, according to the study led by researchers from Tokyo Medical and Dental University. The findings were published in an online edition of the Japanese Society of Hypertension's journal, Hypertension Research.

For the study, the group analyzed data on a total of 127.8 million Japanese people between the ages of 40 and 74 who had received special health checkups for lifestyle diseases between 2009 and 2015.