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.
1 in 3 U.S. adults has high blood pressure or hypertension. This means over 100 million people in this country have high blood pressure! Hypertension has been on our radar recently because it is one of the comorbidities of the coronavirus. It weakens the immune system and may make us more susceptible to the complications caused by viruses.
People of Afro-Caribbean descent – whether they live in the islands or in other parts of the world – experience higher rates of hypertension compared to other populations. In this regard, they mirror African-American adults in the United States, with both groups having hypertension that occurs earlier in life and with more serious consequences, including organ damage to the heart, eyes and kidneys as well as heart attacks, strokes, cognitive limitations and late-stage kidney disease.
One of the great benefits of exercise is that it may help reduce blood pressure. Many Americans exercise in order to reap this benefit.
I was deeply saddened to hear about the recent passing of John Singleton. The “Boyz N the Hood” director died of a stroke at just 51-years-old.
If you’re someone who tends to make multiple trips to the bathroom during the night to urinate, you may have a condition called nocturia.
We recently discussed 11 types of magnesium supplements and the roles they play in maintaining our health - from relieving constipation to aiding in heart health. Of these 11 types of magnesium, there is one in particular that I would like to explore further: Magnesium Orotate. I became particularly interested in Magnesium Orotate because it is praised for its cardiovascular health benefits, including the ability to effectively treat hypertension (high blood pressure). In addition to this, Magnesium Orotate is said to be well absorbed by the body and not cause diarrhea.
There is certainly no shortage of medications to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). Just to name a few, there are several classes of blood pressure medications, including:
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