Back in January, Lynette Hardaway, more popularly known as Diamond of the Trump-supporting sister duo Diamond and Silk, died of heart disease due to chronic high blood pressure. She was just 51-years-old.
Unless you have been living under a rock, you know that Beyoncé’s song ‘Cuff It’ has taken the world by storm. And speaking of cuffs (albeit not in a manner that is as sexy and cool as Beyoncé), a recent study found evidence suggesting that basic blood pressure cuffs are just as effective as newer, more advanced devices for monitoring blood pressure at home.
When it comes to high blood pressure, there is more you have to keep in mind (pun intended). High blood pressure may impact our cognitive abilities, because it may damage our brains. Hypertension may accelerate the mental decline that often leads to Alzheimer’s disease.
Kevin Samuels. He was one of those people you either loved or hated, or perhaps you just found him entertaining to watch because he had zero filter. Samuels was a popular African-American YouTube personality and self-proclaimed image consultant known for making controversial remarks particularly targeted towards black women.
If you haven’t checked your blood pressure recently – or if you’ve never checked it – there are two new studies on hypertension that may convince you to do so sooner rather than later. In my view, they give new urgency to monitoring and managing your blood pressure.
Extracellular water is body water that is not inside the cells. Water found inside the cells is called “intracellular water.” Add the water inside the cells and the water outside the cells, and you get your “total body water.”
I think we can all agree that although very necessary, going to the doctor may not exactly be a fun experience. For some, it can be outright anxiety-inducing. It may even cause a rise in blood pressure. A team of Italian researchers recently conducted a study, published by the American Heart Association, which found that certain lab results may differ depending on whether a doctor is present or not.
Blood pressure (which is the pressure of blood pushing against the walls of your arteries) is one of those highly valued health markers, for good reason. High blood pressure (hypertension) increases our risk of developing heart disease and stroke - two of the leading causes of deaths among Americans.
For as long as I can remember, healthcare professionals evaluated both women’s and men’s blood pressure measurements against a single, unisex range that was considered “normal.” While there may have been some variations based on age, along with shifts of the range itself based on then-available research, men and women were usually judged equally when it came to whether or not they had healthy blood pressure.
There are many theories as to why hypertension more commonly affects black people. Generally speaking - Is it genetics? Is it lifestyle? Is it economics? These are all possible factors, however, one that you may have not considered is discrimination.
If you have hypertension or know someone who does, take a few minutes and watch this video for some practical and fun information on how to address this issue. You may even find out you don't even have hypertension in the first place.
At-home blood pressure monitoring may be key in catching high blood pressure. But as I always like to say, prevention is better than cure. And one of the ways we can help prevent high blood pressure is by maintaining a healthy diet void of excessive amounts of sodium (salt). It’s also extremely important to be aware of specific nutrients that may help prevent high blood pressure or help manage it.
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