Each year, almost ten (10) million lives are lost needlessly due to raised blood pressure, caused by stress and many unhealthy habits. The effect of underestimated high blood pressure can ruin ones health and finance more than anything else.
hypertension is said to happen when an individual blood pressure increases to high levels above the normal.
Accurate blood pressure measurement takes into account how blood is passes through the blood vessels and how much resistance the blood meets while the heart is pumping.
Studies have shown that narrow blood vessels increase resistance, and the narrower your vessels are, the higher your blood pressure will be, as it has to overcome that resistance.
When this increased blood pressure is unmanaged over a long time, numerous health and social issues can arise.
At early stage, there may be no symptom(s), but high blood pressure has the ability to damage blood vessels and organs, especially the brain, heart, and other vital organs in the body according to recent studies.
Hypertension is generally a silent health condition and that’s why its called the silent killer globally.
Lots of people may not notice any symptoms, as it may take several years or even decades for the condition to reach levels severe enough that symptom(s) become obvious and may be life threatening due to damage that would have occured.
Some predisposing factors that you can’t change such as:
Your Race: blacks are more susceptible to hypertension
Your family History: you’re more likely if there is hypertension in the lineage.
Your Age: the older you get the likelihood of raised blood pressure.
Your Gender: Men are more likely to be hypertensive until age 65 then it flips
Predisposing factors that can be changed include:
You exercising regularly
You avoiding food that have high salt content
You not being overweight (obsessed)
You avoiding excessive alcohol consumption
You stop smoking habit
You managing your activities leading to stress and limiting bad stress.
Studies shows that pregnancy itself has the tendency to increase blood pressure. Pregnant women are encourage to inform health care providers on their history of hypertension, as constant monitoring will help.
Also, there is no definite cure for hypertension, you can however manage it to a point where your doctor no longer prescribed medication to keep it down
1. Lose weight if overweight
2. Cut back on sugar and refined carbohydrates
3. Eat enough potassium, less sodium and eat less processed food.
4. Stop smoking and excessive alcohol intake.
5. Manage stress levels.
It’s time to think about what you eat and drink, a healthy lifestyle is a way out. Don’t let’s hypertension stand in the way of enjoying your life with your love ones.