Why HYPERTENSION Is No Joke!

Why HYPERTENSION Is No Joke!


It’s estimated that 29-31% of adults have
hypertension. In the U.S. alone, that’s roughly 80 million
people. With obesity on the rise, hypertension cases
will only continue to surge. So, what is hypertension and what can it do? Hypertension is consistently having either
a systolic blood pressure greater than 140 millimeters of Mercury or a diastolic blood
pressure greater than 90 millimeters of Mercury. Having high blood pressure increases the force
exerted on your arteries, creating microscopic tears in the artery walls. Scar tissue eventually develops from the tears,
creating crevices where particles of fat, cholesterol, and platelets will lodge into
and cause plaque buildup. The arteries will narrow, preventing adequate
blood flow through the area. Ultimately, the minimized blood flow can lead
to stroke, vision loss, heart attack, kidney disease, aaaaand, for you young rabbits, sexual
dysfunction. It can also lead to heart failure. Narrow arteries mean your heart will have
to work harder to get blood flowing. This leads to an enlarged heart that struggles
to pump blood. You’ll end up running out of breath from
doing even the simplest activities, such as walking down the street. As for causes, there isn’t just one, but
instead many risk factors that some might not expect. The clear ones are obesity, excessive alcohol,
smoking, sedentary lifestyle, and excessive sodium. A not so obvious factor is your family history. In fact, you’re TWICE as likely to have
hypertension if either your dad or brother had a heart disease before the age of 55,
or your mom or sister before age 65. Your personality can be a factor, too, with
hostile, impatient, or depressed individuals having a higher risk. And with so many seemingly innocuous or asymptomatic
risk factors, hypertension has been rightfully dubbed the “silent killer” disease. So, what can you do to deal with it? The first thing is… good ol’ exercise. Low to moderate intensity activities for 30
minutes, 3 to 4 times per week is recommended. Brisk walks, gardening, or dancing the night
away counts, too. If 30 minutes is too tough, then split the
workout to 3 10-minute activities instead. And if you’re up for it, doing more wouldn’t
hurt. Exercise has shown to lower your systolic
blood pressure by 4 to 6 millimeters of mercury and diastolic pressure by 3. Next up weight loss if you’re currently
overweight. For every 1 kilogram of weight loss, you can
expect a decline of roughly 0.5 to 2 millimeters of Mercury. And if you choose to lose weight, make sure
to adjust your diet, too. Healthcare Professionals recommend the DASH
diet, short for “Dietary Approach to Stop Hypertension.” This diet will lower your intake of saturated
fat and cholesterol, and add more fruits, veggies, and low-fat dairy. Some great food choices are good ol chicken,
fish, and nuts. On the other end, try skipping red meats,
sweets, and sugars. And DEFINITELY avoid too much salt. Salt increase water retention, which can increase
blood volume, thus blood pressure. You want to keep sodium to about a teaspoon
of table salt per day. (2.4g)
That means bye bye to frozen dinners, and hello to peppers, herbs, and constant food
label scrutiny. And FINALLY, try limiting smoking and alcohol
if they’re problematic now. So, start upping your mocktail and virgin
pina coloda game! We never want to ever deal with hypertension
and probably subconsciously avoid knowing if we do have it. But it’s one of those things we need to
stay on top of if we want to live a healthy and rewarding life. So, make sure you keep that blood pressure
in check! Hope you enjoyed this video, and if you have
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