Preventing And Reversing Hypertension

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Preventing And Reversing Hypertension

 

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A whopping ⅓ of US adults have high blood pressure, also known as hypertension.

 

Hypertension has long been considered a non-threat to young adults. Many young people continue to shrug off the condition as an older person’s problem, despite the fact that hypertension has begun to affect young adults in greater numbers than ever before.

 

Although hypertension typically presents itself in those who are overweight or obese, or in conjunction with another condition (high cholesterol, diabetes), it can also occur on its own, thanks to poor diet and lack of exercise.

 

Even individuals who appear to be healthy can have hypertension. Like heart disease, hypertension is often called a “silent killer”. Indeed, when hypertension goes untreated, it often leads to heart disease and/or stroke.

 

  • A 2008 survey by the United States Center for Disease Control (CDC) found that although the rate of stroke hospitalization for adults aged 45 and older has actually gone down, the rate of stroke hospitalization for those aged 44 or younger has increased thanks to hypertension, obesity, and poor lifestyle habits.

 

Lifestyle Factors: Why are Hypertension Rates Rising Among Young People?

 

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In previous decades, young people were leaner and consumed fewer Calories: the USDA Economic Research Survey found that the average American adult currently consumes 534 more Calories per day and weighs in a whopping 24 lbs heavier than the average American adult in the 1970’s.

 

While many people may blame fast food and double cheeseburgers for our burgeoning waistlines, dietary surveys show that grain products have been the single largest contributor to our heightened Caloric intake.

 

So although fast food and restaurant fare may be one contributor to the epidemic of obesity and high blood pressure, it isn’t the single driving factor.

 

What can we do? Preventing and Reversing Obesity and Hypertension

 

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Naturally, preventing hypertension altogether is the best option.

 

However, for those who have borderline high blood pressure or diagnosed hypertension, the condition can be mitigated through the same basic lifestyle steps as those used in prevention.

Improving your diet and exercise routine is crucial, as is maintaining a healthy weight.  As BMI increases, so do rates of hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease.

 

The following nutritional initiatives can all improve blood pressure, preventing or reversing hypertension.

 

  • Calories The only way to really lose weight and keep it off long-term is to reduce Caloric intake. Improving what you eat is imperative to nutritional status, but how much you eat (by measure of Calories) determines how much you weigh.
  • Vegetables Surveys show that less than 15% of Americans consume enough vegetables:the fiber and potassium content in fresh vegetables can help mitigate high blood pressure and improve overall health. It should be noted that corn, peas, and potatoes are considered starchy vegetables, and should be replaced with one of the many non starchy options available, including green beans, broccoli, zucchini, salad greens, or cucumbers.
  • Sodium High sodium diets are one of the most common culprits behind high blood pressure. Although high sodium intake is often among multiple issues contributing to any individual case, limiting sodium intake is crucial to improving blood pressure. Packaged foods, such as soups, breads, sauces, condiments, and snacks are the largest contributors of sodium in the American diet.

 

Have a close look at  your lifestyle and see where you may make changes to help prevent hypertension. Overcome little things like snacking on fruits and vegetables as an alternative to junk food. 

Practicing these lifestyle changes can help lead to reducing blood pressure if your numbers are elevated or prevent high blood pressure if your blood pressure is under control.

 

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