Age and High Blood Pressure

Blood pressure is the result of pressure being put on the artery walls by the blood that flows through the arteries. High blood pressure (140/90 or higher) can really be a silent killer, because it is often unaccompanied by side effects.

High blood pressure can cause cause potentially lethal infarctions. But blood pressure can changes over specific periods of time.

Blood pressure changes in four periods during humans’ lifetimes. Firstly, it increases during young adulthood. In its second stage, it gradually reduces. Then during midlife, the third phase, it increases faster. And finally during older ages, it gradually increases.

With age, risk of life-threatening cardiac events, stroke, aneurysms and kidney failure increases if the pressure increases far beyond what the body can handle. Being able to pinpoint exact phases during lifetimes may allow scientists find ways of timed treatment to lower blood pressure more effectively.

However, to be active in reducing your risk of high blood pressure irrespective of age, 4 tips below can help you:

•        Reduce the amount of alcohol in your diet. Drinking alcohol should be kept to a minimum for optimum health.

•        Reduce the amount of salt in your diet. Unhealthy individuals should limit their salt intake to 1500 mg per day and healthy people may use a max of 2300 mg of salt per day.

•        Lose Weight. It must be done through healthy exercise and controlling portion sizes

•        Diet to control blood pressure. Whole foods diets are high in whole grains, fruits and vegetables and include low-fat dairy products and are low in saturated fats.


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