Hypertension is a condition that many people take lightly. Why would I concern myself with how much pressure is in my blood vessels? I feel great. I can run, jump, breath… what is the point in worrying about my blood pressure?
Your blood pressure could tell you a whole lot about the status of your health. You may feel fine and great, but when you have high blood pressure (above 140/90), your body is in danger of serious threats such as a stroke, heart attack, heart failure, kidney disease, and early death 1.
May is National Blood Pressure Awareness Month. Since we care so much about all of our reader’s health (not only your oral health) here are 5 ways to control your blood pressure. With these easy tips you will look better, feel better and hopefully keep yourself away from life-threatening occurrences.
1) Follow a healthy eating plan – The D.A.S.H (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet is endorsed by the American Heart Association and other reputable health organizations.2
2) Reduce sodium in your diet – It is believed a diet high in sodium contributes to hypertension.2
3) Increase your physical activity – Even walking 30 minutes a day will help lower your blood pressure.
4) Limit your alcohol intake – Recommend intake is 1 drink a day for ladies and 2 drinks a day for men.
5) Quit smoking – This tip will help with your oral health too!
Make sure to get regular blood pressure readings. If you know your risk, you can fix the problem before it gets too serious. A healthy heart is a happy heart!
1. A.D.A.M. “Causes, Incidence, and Risk Factors.” Hypertension. U.S. National Library of Medicine, 18 Nov. 2000. Web. 19 Apr. 2012. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001502/>.
2. “Your Guide to Lowering High Blood Pressure, NHLBI.” NIH Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. Web. 19 Apr. 2012. <http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/hbp/index.html>.