Written By Achiever Foods Nutrition Unit
Over the years there has been an increase in the prevalence of hypertension (high blood pressure). Hypertension is one of the common chronic diseases that has infiltrated into our society. Most people are still in the dark about what it really is and some who have knowledge about it do not believe in standard measures to prevent and or manage it. Awareness and education on this condition is key to clearing misconceptions about it. In our next post, we would have an overview of the condition itself. Below are some common misconceptions and facts about hypertension.
Misconceptions About High Blood Pressure:
- There is no problem as long as one reading is normal.
There are two numeric readings put together to record blood pressure. One is written as the numerator and the other, the denominator. The numerator is called the systolic blood pressure and the denominator is called the diastolic blood pressure.
• Systolic Blood Pressure
(This number represents the force of blood through the vessels of an individual when the heart is beating)
100-120 ( normal systolic blood pressure)
121-129 (is considered elevated)
130 and greater is high blood pressure
• Diastolic Blood Pressure
This number represents the force of blood through your blood vessels in between heartbeats, while your heart is resting.
60-80 (normal diastolic blood pressure)
80 and greater is hypertension.
If you have one of your blood pressure readings consistently above normal or both, then you need not delay to see a doctor. A treatment plan and counselling can be provided to help treat high blood pressure or even prehypertension before damage to your organs occurs.
Paying attention to just either of the values and not seeking medical care may put you at risk for other complications of hypertension.
- Hypertension is a health problem for the elderly.
Most people consider Hypertension as a health concern for the elderly but recent research findings show that it can occur to individuals at any time, especially young adults. Living a sedentary life and indulging in unhealthy lifestyles by any age group especially young adult can put one at a high risk for developing high blood pressure. Developing the habit of healthy lifestyle like regular exercise can be of great benefit irrespective of your age. Seek your Doctor’s concern when choosing a particular exercise activity per your age group.
- Hypertension is inherited
In my practice, I often hear people say they believe that ‘hypertension runs in families, because they can trace two or 3 persons related to them who are hypertensive. That is not a right way to draw conclusions. The genetic tendency of an individual to turn out as a hypertensive is not something that can easily be controlled. No one gets to choose which gene compositions they have, but much can be done to prevent, delay, and even manage the condition.
A healthy lifestyle choice is of prime importance: A low salt diet, fruits and vegetable diets, regular exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, and avoiding alcohol and smoking can have a positive impact on your blood pressure, regular medical check-ups and finding ways to relieve one of stress goes a long way in prevention and management of hypertension despite the genetics. Our Daliha Slim Tea helps in weight loss programs in a natural way without side effects
- Hypertensive medications can be stopped if the blood pressure is normal
In diagnosing an individual of hypertension, usually the individual’s blood pressure is monitored for a considerable amount of time. Appropriate history from the individual per the protocol is taken. Hypertensive medications help to stabilize and normalize the blood pressure once a diagnosed individual starts to follow treatment plan. Taking hypertensive medications for a while can cause the blood pressure to be stabilized for some days. When the individual stops taking the medications, the effects of the medications may last for some weeks but hypertension upsurges again and when it does, it can result in complications such as damage to some vital body organs like heart, kidney and brain. Skipping medications may irreversibly damage these organs. Don’t be misled, talk to your doctor to clear your misconceptions.
5. Wine is good for health; so I can drink as much as I want.
Red wine is widely known to reduce the risk of heart diseases but excess alcohol consumption can be deadly for people who are hypertensive. The best thing to do is to limit consumption or better still, avoid alcohol if you are hypertensive. Continuous alcohol consumption can lead to complications such as heart failure, stroke, and irregular heartbeats.
6. Being diagnosed as hypertensive means I now live a strange lifestyle, it’s a death sentence.
Considering the factors that can cause an individual to become hypertensive. It is clear that this condition can be managed and it is not a death sentence or an exile to living a strange abnormal life. You can live your normal life, practicing a healthy lifestyle and by adhering to your doctor’s treatment plan.
The Bottom Line
You owe it to yourself to have the best life here on earth. Eat healthy, rest when you are supposed to, check your blood pressure regularly and think more about good things, be joyful and live a healthy life. With this you minimize the risk of developing complications and you can live all the years you have been given.
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