High blood pressure, or hypertension, is one of those conditions that is often ignored or not taken seriously. It is pretty easy to ignore, unfortunately, as it often has no signs or symptoms. Once diagnosed, it is still easy to ignore when you start taking a medication that corrects the symptoms – but the medication doesn’t take away the cause, making it a condition still worth your attention. Take your meds, but address your lifestyle, too!
Causes of high blood pressure include a family history, being inactive, being overweight, drinking too much alcohol, and high sodium intake. Even if you can’t control your genes, you can certainly control the other risk factors.
Let’s start with physical activity. Studies show you can improve your heart health with just 30 minutes, 5 times a week. That is very doable, especially when you consider I’m not asking you to join a gym, swim laps, or run a 5K – unless that’s what you want to do. Do 30 minutes of something you enjoy! Once you make that a habit, increase your activity to every day, and you will further improve your wellbeing to fight off not only hypertension but heart disease, diabetes and osteoporosis.
May is National High Blood Pressure Education Month. Educate yourself here.
Just One Thing to do: Get your blood pressure checked.
Just One More Thing to do: Improve your lifestyle factors to prevent or manage high blood pressure. This week, focus on moving! Click here for additional information.