Positive changes, positive outcomes, without negative side effects!
Considering about 1 in 3 adult Americans suffer from hypertension, this post has the potential to help you or someone you know reduce the severity or symptoms of the disease. Some estimates suggest that another 37% of the US population may have prehypertension, which can lead to hypertension if not addressed once detected.
High blood pressure damages the heart and arteries and may weaken the arteries enough to result in an aneurysm. The brain is also impacted as hbp increases risk of a TIA, stroke, and dementia. Kidney failure and kidney scarring can occur due to high blood pressure. And the delicate blood vessels that supply blood to your eyes can be damaged leading to retinopathy or optic neuropathy, both of which can lead to complete loss of sight.
Of course medication can lower your blood pressure, but it is not a solution. Concealer may cover up acne, but wipe it off and the acne is still there. Medication may lower your blood pressure, but without it, the disease is still there.
Plus, the medication comes with it's own risks. Weakness, fatigue, difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, reduced kidney function, nausea, heartburn, and insomnia are some of the side effects of the various medications used to treat high blood pressure.
Lifestyle changes can are currently the only way to reverse many of the chronic illnesses that plague our nation. By curing the underlying cause of the disease you can lower your blood pressure back to a "normal" range. In many cases, the causes of the disease are lifestyle choices. Certainly there are instances when other factors lead to the onset of high blood pressure, but the majority of cases are developed through unhealthy life choices.
Primary causes of high blood pressure, and most chronic illness that affects our population, include poor diet, sedentary lifestyle, and unmanaged stress. Positive lifestyle changes can lead to significant health changes:
"Medical studies show that adults with common chronic conditions who participate in comprehensive lifestyle modification programs experience rapid, significant, clinically meaningful and sustainable improvements in biometric, laboratory and psychosocial outcomes."
Taking a pill seems simple compared to making the changes necessary to bring your blood pressure under control. However, when you develop high blood pressure in your 40's or 50's, you possibly have 3 or 4 decades of dealing with the side effects and risks that come with medication. These may not seem horrible right now, but will be detrimental to your life when you are in your 70's. Sure, 70 may seem far away, but remember when you thought the same about 50?
Positive lifestyle changes that you implement now also affect how you age, but in a beneficial way. Beginning an exercise program today and continuing with it through the decades will help you maintain your strength, endurance and bone density, reducing your risk of falls and improving your ability to remain independent as you get older.
Improving your diet by incorporating whole, nutrient-dense foods and restricting highly-processed foods helps provide necessary nutrients to avoid muscle wasting, helps you maintain steady blood sugar levels, and boosts the immune system.
Learning to manage stress is an important component of reducing blood pressure that many believe is out of their control. You cannot control your boss's poor attitude, the traffic delays that cause you to be late, or your friend's struggle with cancer. What you can control, however, is how you react to those things.
There are many techniques that teach you how to manage stress. These techniques will come in handy as you get older and possibly face moving out of your home, dealing with the deaths of friends or a spouse, and trying to figure out how your retirement savings is going to sustain you for 30 years.
Hypertension and pre-hypertension can seriously impact your health and your life. High blood pressure is a medical condition that needs medical attention. Speak to your doctor, take the medication if directed, but don't give up and don't give in. A pill does not cure your condition, it only masks your symptoms.
You cannot control everything, but you can control how you deal with the life you have right now. Isn't your life and your health worth your time and energy? Of course we don't know how long we will live, but is that reason to throw in the towel?
Treat your life as your number one asset, because it is. Make the time, make the effort and make the changes to live your best, healthiest life. You are worth it!
Thanks for reading. I hope I encouraged you to make some positive, healthy changes to control your blood pressure.
Please share with anyone you know who may be living with hypertension or prehypertension. And, as always, feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or concerns.
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