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Report Shows That Americans Are at High Risk For Developing Hypertension, High Blood Pressure

High Blood Pressure, a Hidden Killer

With American Heart Month coming to an end, I'd like to urge you to get your blood pressure checked. According to a new report from the Institute of Medicine, hypertension — aka high blood pressure — is becoming a neglected disease. When the doctor slips the Velcro cuff on and off of our arm, it's easy to zone out, but consider this: one in three American adults has hypertension and one in six will die from hypertension-related complications like a stroke or heart disease.

Although the exact cause of high blood pressure is unknown, there are many contributing factors to the condition. Here are a few things you can do to avoid becoming part of the deadly statistic.

  1. Lay off the salt. Ninety percent of American adults consume more than the RDA of sodium of one teaspoon per day. Not entirely shocking when you consider the salt content in most processed or restaurant-made foods is through the roof. To keep your salt intake in check, make an effort to check the sodium content of the foods you buy at the grocery store, ask that your food be prepared with less salt when dining out, and go homemade whenever you can.
  2. Relax. Stress is a contributing factor to high blood pressure. Make sure you have a way to decompress from all of life's little knots that can get tied up in you. Exercise, massage, sex, getting enough sleep, and meditation are great starts to a calmer you.
  3. To find out four other ways you can prevent high blood pressure,

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  4. Control your vices.  If you're smoking, quit. If you're a drinker, keep it to one drink a day. Smoking and hitting the bottle too often are associated with a wave of health problems — hypertension is just one of them.
  5. Get moving. Research has found that individuals who are overweight are prone to hypertension. But just because you're thin, doesn't mean you're off the hook — sedentary individuals are also are prime candidates for the condition. Whatever your weight, make sure you're physically active.
  6. Eat the right thing. Certain foods like whole grains, potassium-rich foods, and fat-free milk products have all been linked to reducing the risk of hypertension.
  7. Get checked out. As I mentioned in the beginning, it's important to regularly get your blood pressure checked. If you don't have insurance or can't afford a doctor's visit, many supermarkets, fire stations, and pharmacies have blood pressure monitors that you can use for a nominal fee. Normal blood pressure is 120/80 (systolic/diastolic) or less. When both numbers start to go way up, you've got high blood pressure.
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haminhhuy haminhhuy 6 years
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GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 6 years
I'm with Soniabonya. I've cut salt from my diet, too. High blood pressure runs in my family, so I did that for safe measure. High blood pressure can be so dangerous. It can cause kidney damage, as that happened within my family.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 6 years
I've pretty much cut salt from my diet, but it's hard to avoid the saltiness of eating out. I'm used to unsalted foods i cook at home, when I go out to eat, everything tastes insanely salty. Ex. I went t TGIF and had a burger. Unbelievably salty to me. Tho my fiance's brother thought it was fine. . . . I think the one thing I have to cut back on is my drinking. Lol.
lilegwene lilegwene 6 years
Great tips! My grandfather linked salt consumption to hypertension and it's always been a big health issue in my family. If you salted something in front of him you had to be prepared for a lecture! My husband's family, on the other hand, salts everything. Popcorn, pizza, and even bags of potato chips. It's the one thing I tried to get him to change and he has. It has greatly improved his blood pressure and overall health.
dunnonuttin dunnonuttin 6 years
I have the exact opposite..... low blood pressure. My doc says it's nothing to worry about since I'm healthy and active.
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