1 in every 3 Americans have IT.
Nearly 75 million people across the country suffer from it, and many don’t even know they have it.
And it’s not for nothing that they call it the silent killer disease.
High blood pressure is one of the most horrifying diseases out there, since it can increase the risk, and even onset FATAL heart diseases and strokes.
These diseases are at the very top of the list of diseases that take the lives of millions of people.
Every 4 minutes someone in the US dies of a stroke.
Even more critical is the fact that each minute, more than one person in the United States dies from a heart disease-related event.
But hypertension can cast a wide net of other health conditions, including kidney problems, dementia, or even blindness.
Pretty much anything can tip off your high blood pressure:
- being overweight or obese
- lack of physical activity
- insufficient intake of potassium, calcium, and magnesium
- too much salt in the diet
- too much alcohol consumption (more than 1 to 2 drinks per day)
- older age
- family history of high blood pressure
- chronic kidney disease
- adrenal and thyroid disorders
- sleep apnea
But you need to be extremely careful of this condition, especially if…
- hypertension runs in your family
- you are pregnant
- you take birth control pills
- you are over 35
But you should know that men are not entirely protected against hypertension.
In fact, this condition is more likely to affect men than women.
And African Americans are twice as likely as their Caucasian counterparts to have high blood pressure.
So now, you and I both know these shocking statistics.
But even more shocking is the fact that in over 95% of hypertension cases in the US, doctors DON’T KNOW what’s at the source of these high blood pressure problems.
So Then, How Can You Shield Yourself From It And Avoid Suffering From A Hypertension Crisis?
Well, start with the basics.
For instance, I immediately reacted when I first saw my blood pressure numbers going through the roof.
I had 140/90, but I was lucky, because lowering my high blood pressure was fairly easy to do.
Now, I’m not sure if you know this, but among high risk factors for death in Japan is hypertension.
And that happens because we like to eat salty.
So I had to let go of this eating habit and my blood pressure optimized.
But, some other people may not be as lucky.
So I urge you to keep tabs on your blood pressure every single day.
1.Start by taking your blood pressure constantly
- Normal: Less than 120 over 80 (120/80)
- Elevated: 120-129/less than 80
- Stage 1 high blood pressure: 130-139/80-89
- Stage 2 high blood pressure: 140 and above/90 and above
- In patients with diabetes: blood pressure should be kept below 130/85
- Hypertension crisis: higher than 180/higher than 120 – that’s a major cause of concern. Go see the nearest hospital right away!
2.Don’t ignore your systolic pressure.
That’s the first number when reading “140/90”. Anything bigger than 130 is a clear and loud indicator that something’s wrong. Tread carefully.
3.Try to lead a healthy lifestyle
Avoid smoking, eating very salty, keeping your stress to a minimum and mildly exercise for at least half an hour each day.
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To your health!