All that you MUST know about Hypertension
The amount of people living with hypertension and high blood pressure is on a steady climb and experts agree: something must be done. To talk numbers, just in the US about one third of all people over the age of 20 have hypertension, and health organizations are estimating that by the year 2025 1.56 billion people around the world will suffer from this condition. However, perhaps the most alarming figure is the amount of lack of knowledge surrounding these conditions. This lack of knowledge could prove to be hazardous to so many.
What do you know about hypertension?
Do you consume too much salt? Take a second to think about your answer. Do you experience nosebleeds or blurred vision? If this is the case, you must take into account the following information: you might have high blood pressure/hypertension.
Your blood pressure should not be too high or too low, since if it is too high can be present serious health complications; people who have this condition can reach to suffer coronary insufficiency, presenting angina, heart attacks and arrhythmias, among other complications. High blood pressure can have several causes, among the most common are for example:
· The excessive consumption of sodium,
· The lack of physical activity,
· Being overweight
· Unhealthy diets
· Genetic predisposition
Living with Hypertension
It is said that person suffers from hypertension when the measure values of their blood pressure is located between 140/90, on more than one occasion. The main risk of having this condition and not treating it properly is that the increase of blood pressure can damage the arteries, that leads to even a larger increase of blood pressure, thus putting the patient at risk of more serious conditions.
Fortunately, hypertension can be controlled, this happens when some changes in our daily habits are made, especially in our diet. Avoiding the overt consumption of salt, and food rich in cholesterol is just the beginning. Foods that are rich in fats, such as sausages, fried and fast foods, can all provoke an increase of weight and therefore, hypertension.
A person living with this condition must follow doctor’s orders closely and monitor their blood pressure regularly. A more active lifestyle is strongly recommended, with the adoption of a more balanced diet low on fats, also a moderation in alcohol intake is crucial.
In most cases if it is a preventable disease, for which it is essential to follow some simple recommendations:
· Little or no comsuption of alcoholic beverages and smoking
· Watching and staying on a recommended weight (consult with your doctor)
· Exercises and leading an active lifestyle. A sedentary life promotes high blood pressure.
· Get a yearly check up with your doctor
You may be genetically predisposed to suffer from hypertension and high blood pressure, but this doesn’t mean that it has to be that way. Ba following the above recommendations you will be on the right track.