Lots of people have high blood pressure, also known as hypertension, and aren’t aware of it. Since there are not always symptoms, it’s a good idea to have your blood pressure checked regularly to make sure it’s within a normal range. If you are aware of the causes of high blood pressure it’s easier to avoid it, so we will now explore some of these.
As you get older, you are more likely to have high blood pressure. The typical age that men develop high blood pressure is younger than for women, but for both the risks increase in middle age.
Hypertension is something that anyone can have, though, especially if you have risk factors such as being overweight. That’s why it’s a good idea to get regular checkups where your blood pressure is checked, especially if you are middle aged or older. Many other factors can influence your blood pressure as well, such as your eating habits and how often you exercise. Some people have a family history of high blood pressure and are more likely than average to develop this condition. If one or both of your parents, or other family members, have hypertension, you should be especially watchful for this. You’ll also want to note any signs of kidney or diabetes issues in your family too. You do not have to suffer with the conditions of your parents, you can take control with lifestyle changes. The point is, however, that genetics can play a role in hypertension, so it’s good to know if this is something you have to pay special attention to.
High cholesterol may be one cause of high blood pressure, and both are associated with many ailments such as heart disease. When you work on monitoring your cholesterol, it’s the “bad” cholesterol you want to watch out for. Atherosclerosis, or blockage of the arteries, as well as hypertension, can result from having high levels of LDL, or bad cholesterol.
The beneficial kind of cholesterol is HDL, and this does the opposite of LDL, and can help lower your blood pressure. The healthy type of fats, which are found in oils such as olive, coconut and many fish oils can help to improve your cholesterol levels, along with getting enough exercise. If you want to lower your bad cholesterol, it’s important to avoid junk foods, and especially foods with unhealthy fats. Your cholesterol levels and your blood pressure are often related, and controlling both of these are essential. These are only a few of the causes to be aware of for hypertension. If you have any risk factors, such as being overweight, having diabetes or a kidney problem or a family history of hypertension, you should get regular checkups and ask your doctor about the best way to control your blood pressure.
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