Article by Primrose Stuart
Over the years there has been a significant spike in the rate of people suffering from High Blood Pressure. This is a cause for concern as it is evident that there is an increase in causal triggers from the food we eat, working and living conditions amongst other things.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), high blood pressure is a serious medical condition that can increase the risk of heart, brain, kidney and other diseases. It is a major cause of premature death worldwide, with upwards of 1 in 4 men and 1 in 5 women in the world suffers from high blood pressure.
What is high Blood Pressure?
Blood pressure reading is considered normal when it is 120/80mmHg. When it increases above 140/90mmHg then it becomes high blood pressure and treatment is required. A huge tell tell sign that you are developing a high blood pressure is when your reading is between 120/80mmHg and 140/90mmHg. If this happens you need to adjust your lifestyle and contact a medical practitioner.
What are the main symptoms of High Blood Pressure?
It is advisable to regularly measure your blood pressure to avoid serious problems and lead a healthy lifestyle. Just like the old saying goes ” Prevention is better than cure”. It should be your priority to ensure you consistently maintain a normal blood pressure or slightly lower, keeping in mind blood pressure that is too low is equally as bad as high blood pressure. Make reference to our previous article on low blood pressure for more insight.
If High blood pressure is left untreated it causes serious persistent chest pains, heart attacks, heart failure, and an irregular heartbeat and premature deaths. Adults with high blood pressure who are diabetic are at a higher risk of developing chronic kidney disease.
All of the above horrible experiences can further be prevented by taking a positive proactive approach. To start with we have to identify the key causes of High Blood Pressure.
Home remedies for High blood pressure
- The Johns Hopkins study found a positive relationship between increase in body mass and high blood pressure.
- Evidence suggests that roughly 30% of the US adult population sleeps less than 7 hours per night, and those who do show 20-52% increased risk to develop cardiovascular diseases, particularly hypertension.
- A 2013 meta-analysis examined the effect of probiotic fermented milk on blood pressure. In all, they took data from 14 studies, which included 702 participants. They researchers concluded that probiotic fermented milk has blood pressure lowering properties.
- Further clinical studies – https://www.pharmacytimes.com/view/5-blood-pressure-studies-every-pharmacist-should-know.
Monitor your blood pressure regularly while maintaining a healthy lifestyle to avoid serious health problems. Keep in mind that as people grow older their blood pressure is bound to increase. Increase plant based diets, stay hydrated and always seek for more knowledge on how to lead a healthy lifestyle. Remember, what may work for one person may not for the next. Find what works for you.
- Roderick Ramon Chen Camano- Uncontrolled Hypertension and Associated Factors in Hypertensive Patients at the Primary Healthcare Center – Thesis
- World Health Organization
- Harvard Medical Publications
- Mayo Clinic Publications