7 ways to reduce the risk of hypertension

Hypertension simply means having a consistent blood pressure above 120/80mmHg.

Hypertension is also called High Blood pressure.

You can only determine your blood pressure using a measuring equipment called Sphygmomanometer

Clinical Mercury Sphygmomanometer

Clinical Sphygmomanometer image from Wikipedia

A normal blood pressure is less than 120/80mg.

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How Often Should you check your Blood Pressure ?

This depends on your blood pressure reading.

Blood pressure is measured using two numbers. The first number, called systolic blood pressure, measures the pressure in your blood vessels when your heart beats. The second number, called diastolic blood pressure, measures the pressure in your blood vessels when your heart rests between beats

1. If your blood pressure is normal (less than 120/80), you can check every year or more depending as your health care provider.

2. With elevated blood pressure is elevated — systolic blood pressure between 120 and 129 or diastolic blood pressure of less than 80 — check it every 3-6 months.

Health care provider will probably recommend lifestyle changes like more exercise and a better diet.

3. Stage 1 hypertension — 130-139 over 89-90 — the health care provider might suggest lifestyle changes and see you again in 3-6 months. Or he could tell you to make the changes and give you medication, then recheck your condition in a month. It depends on what other health conditions or risk factors you have.

4. Someone with stage 2 hypertension — 140/90 or higher — will likely get medication.

You’ll also be asked to make lifestyle changes and see the health care provider again in a month.

Read also 11 food to eat if you want to control High Blood Pressure.

How to reduce risk of developing Hypertension.

Reducing the chances of developing hypertension is a matter of lifestyle.

What you goes into your mouth and how’s you treat your body.

Basically, this includes

  • Check your blood pressure regularly.
  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Be physically active
  • Limit the quantity of alcohol you consume.
  • Don’t smoke and if you have started, it is better if you stop completely
  • Prevent diabetes by watching what you eat. The best bet is to follow a diet known as DASH DIET
  • If you have diabetes,  try and ensure your blood sugar is under control. This is very important because diabetes blood sugarf you have.

Disclaimer: The medical information provided is for information resource only. This information does not create any patient-physician relationship and should not be used as a substitute for professional diagnosis and treatment.

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