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High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure is thought of as a silent killer because it can pave the way for heart attacks, strokes, and kidney failure without any warning signs. People walk around and live their lives and don’t realize they are harboring something that is liable to either kill or physically disable them at any minute.

It is worrying that death from cardiovascular disease is increasing every year in developed countries and that growing numbers of men and women under the age of 40 are affected by high blood pressure. This condition affects children as well.

Many studies have shown that weight gain is correlated to a significant rise in systolic and diastolic blood pressure. One of the reasons why this is so, is that fat requires an adequate supply of blood Each and every pound of fat within the body increases the total length of the small blood vessels by around one mile.

Luckily, the loss of extra weight can result in a significant reduction in high blood pressure in those suffering from hypertension. It is also unlikely that high blood pressure can develop in overweight people who already have a normal blood pressure.

Salt intake is another factor which should be monitored. Research into salt intake and hypertension has shown that moderate and severe hypertension seem to get better if the patient is put on a salt-restricted diet. The effects of this measure on mild hypertension are inconclusive, though health care professionals still insist it is better to be safe than sorry, and that salt should either be reduced or excluded from the diet altogether.

In the interest of safety, therefore, it is advisable to reduce your salt intake. This can be achieved in two ways: by not adding any more salt to your food and by using a potassium rich salt substitute.

Exercise is another important factor. Nowadays many of us live such sedentary lifestyles that we rarely get the exercise we need. Exercise doesn’t have to be strenuous and you don’t have to join a gym. Going for a brisk walk three times a week, for thirty minutes, improves the metabolism and helps reduce excess weight and blood pressure.

High blood pressure doesn’t have to claim the number of lives it does. Losing weight, exercising, and reducing our salt intake are easy ways to reduce the risk of dying to a high blood pressure related condition.

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