What Factors Contribute To High Blood Pressure?
What Causes High Blood Pressure?
The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute defines blood pressure as “how hard your blood pushes against the walls of your arteries.”
High blood pressure can indicate hypertension, a condition that increases your risk for heart attack or stroke. Many people with hypertension do not experience symptoms, which is why it is good practice to routinely get checked.
Some risk factors for high blood pressure are genetic, while others are influenced by lifestyle. Below, are common risk factors for high blood pressure (Mayo Clinic):
- Ageing – Your risk increases as you age!
- Family History – An increased risk can be hereditary.
- A Sedentary Lifestyle – Being out of shape or overweight increases your risk. Stay physically active in order to keep your blood pressure in check.
- An Unhealthy Diet – Consuming too much sodium, too little potassium, or heavy amounts of alcohol can increase your risk.
- Smoking – The habit of smoking or chewing tobacco immediately raises blood pressure.
- High Stress – Experiencing elevated stress levels can cause your blood pressure to rise.
Watch this video by Mayo Clinic to learn more.
Make Your Mental Health A Top Priority
Investing in your mental health is investing in your long-term wellness. May celebrates Mental Health Awareness Month, presented by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).
According to NAMI, 1 in 5 U.S. adults experience mental illness each year, while 1 in 5 adults reported that the pandemic negatively affected their mental well-being. These statistics alone show that it is not uncommon to struggle. For many people, a treatment plan is more than just practicing self-care and can be discussed and personalized with your doctor.
In addition to talking to your doctor, here are a few ways you can positively impact your mental and emotional health:
- Make sure you have a good support system of friends or family who you can confide in and who support your health journey.
- Understand the connection between physical and mental wellness. Caring for your body can positively impact your mental and emotional health too.
- Actively practice healthy stress management techniques.
If you are struggling with feeling depressed, anxious, or alone, talk to your doctor. For additional mental health resources, visit nami.org.
Women’s Health Spotlight
This year, National Women’s Health Week takes place May 8-15, 2022. Taking the steps to prevent disease can keep you healthy long-term, cut medical costs, and enhance quality of life.
Here are the recommended preventative exams for adult women, according to Medline Plus:
- Blood pressure reading
- Cholesterol screening
- Diabetes screening
- Dental exam
- Vision exam
- Physical exam
- Cervical and breast cancer screenings
- Skin self-exam
- All of the above exams!
- Colorectal cancer screening
- Osteoporosis screening
- Lung cancer screening (if applicable)
9 Delectable Health-Conscious Desserts
Click the links below to access reduced-fat dessert options that are still delicious and crave-worthy!
- Whole-Grain Chocolate Chip Cookies
- No-Bake Chocolate-Peanut Butter Bars
- Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
- Strawberry Parfaits
- Low-Fat Cheesecake
- Crunchy Peanut Butter Thins
- Lavender and Lemon Cookies
- Banana Pudding
- Red Velvet Mini Cupcakes
Source: Food Network
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