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THE VERY COMON HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE

Posted by JENIE=) Monday, May 31, 2010


Since we are kids, we have been hearing of this "High Blood"...and we believe that it is very common to adults that most of the time it seems to be natural to have one.

BUT IT IS NOT AT ALL NATURAL!

Blood pressure (BP) is essential in our circulatory system, specifically the cardiovascular system. It is the FORCE needed for the blood to circulate in the body. It is a result of the hearts pumping. Abnormality within the system results to either LOW BP (hypotension) or HIGH BP (hypertension). Be reminded that either way, though common, is not normal.

We then have to make it normal. [120/90 BP is normal and for some 140/90 is appropriate] First, know that there are two main factors we have to look into:
  1. PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS - this is what we have no control over and what we may call "something we inherited from the previous generation". That with these we are at risk to hypertension that may lead to heart problem.
  • age - at risk age of 40 (but may be earlier depending on the other factors)
  • sex - male at more at risk than female
  • family history - if the previous generations have them
2. LEARNED BEHAVIOR - this is when we can avoid it if only...and in the end can be told,
"there's no one to blame but YOU!"
  • stress and coping - stress is a culprit so we have to know how to deal with it
  • smoking - every doctor says STOP SMOKING and you know it well
  • sedentary lifestyle - keep moving and stop the habit of being a couch potato
  • obesity - overweight and obesity is a common factor to a lot of disease, heart disease being the primary to it.
  • food habits - as I always say: "excess of everything in not good" thus EXCESS FATS, EXCESS SUGAR, EXCESS SALT is a total no-no
WARNING:
Seek the professionals for consultation before going on a sudden change in lifestyle, trying out a preferred diet or going through an exercise program. There are necessary precautions each one of us have to know. Physicians will give us the GO signal for the capabilities of our system. There are instances that you are not aware that your heart may be having difficulty already and going into a certain exercise may put you at risk. Dietitians will guide you through proper diet instructions to effect the proper weight loss. You might put your weight at a plateau instead of losing if you suddenly put off too much calories, or you may harm yourself instead of benefiting in the dieting. They are professionals and knows best.

2 Responses to THE VERY COMON HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE

  1. theBluesman Says:
  2. I totally agree with the Warning about seeing the professionals for consultations, meaning the doctors and not some other soothsayers. It's only through proper examination that we are able to confirm the BP situation. Never, never trust you feelings. Go and check to be on the safe side. But then many people seems to be in a habit of denial when it comes to issues concerning stress & hypertension. My advice is, do so at your own peril. Based on my experience involving my own wife who's currently having hypertension and diabetes, we should also do our own readings and not to trust the doctors totally as some are known to be unscrupulous and are only interested in making their money only. Some may go for shortcuts by prescribing some steroids containing medicine as part of the medication or treatment. The more info we have the better the position we are in when arguing our points with the doctors.

     
  3. JENIE=) Says:
  4. @ hans ~ very true, we have to know what it is that we have or might have. Educating ourselves always puts us to advantage. Professionals can lay down the results to us, give us what they "should" know and for us to decide if we would go with their advices for our good (or probably seek for another opinion if in doubt). BUT what we must not do is to NOT DO ANYTHING to know if we do have an ailment, moreso, DO NOTHING though we know that we should.

     

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