Everyone values their life, that why at the face of a sickness one seeks medical attention. Even though some detest drugs, it is vital to get treated for whatever sickness one has, or may suspect to have. With the doctor’s guidance, one gets well on taking medication, though, at times, the doctor may overrule any suspension for a disease we have; the assurance is as good as being healthy once again. Supposing there are diseases that one doesn’t have to experience some signs and symptoms, so they know they have the disease. What should you do to know your current status?
What is prehypertension?
Prehypertension is a condition that arises before one acquires, high blood pressure, in other words, hypertension.
The situation occurs when one’s blood pressure is slightly above normal but hasn’t reached a state that qualifies one to be hypersensitive. Usually, the systolic range is 120- 139 mmHg while the Diastolic range is 80- 89 mmHg. However, prehypertension is mostly associated with the systolic blood pressure.
Causes of prehypertension
The cause of prehypertension is not known. However, there are cases where the pressure increases gradually with time. The type of hypertension resulting from these being referred as essential hypertension. In a normal operating world, a person’s blood pressure usually increases as one grows old. Moreover, some medical conditions may raise the chance of one acquiring prehypertension and subsequently hypertension. Kidney diseases, thyroid problems, adrenal problems, and medication are some of the conditions that heighten the chances of prehypertension.
Effects of prehypertension on human health
Unmonitored, prehypertension may result in hypertension, which increases risks of heart diseases, heart failure, kidney failure, coronary heart disease and stroke. Prehypertension and hypertension are not treatable, however, with improved lifestyle, proper diet, and monitoring of your pressure, you learn to live with the condition and minimize risks associated with it.
People at a higher risk of prehypertension
In as far as the cause is not known, some people are at greater risk of prehypertension. These are;
- Diabetic individuals; diabetes damages arteries and at times hardening them. The damaged artery, then, induces the heart to use more pressure to pump blood to the rest of the body. Diabetes, not only leads to high blood pressure but may trigger other conditions too e.g. coronary heart disease and stroke
- Obese persons; the extra body weight prompts the heart to use more pressure to pump blood, hence triggering prehypertension.
- Individuals who intake foods with high cholesterol; induces much pressure to the heart muscle and they harden in the process hence require more blood pressure to function efficiently
- Anyone from a family, with a family history of hypertension; it’s at times passed on in the family.
Prehypertension shows no signs and symptoms; the only diagnostic measure is regularly checking your blood pressure level, in case they rise above typical seek medical attention.
Prevent prehypertension from developing to hypertension
Prehypertension doesn’t always have to result in high blood pressure. You can take better care of yourself and prevent these from happening. Here is how;
- Adjust your diet; reduce the rate of cholesterol intake in your meals, avoid taking sodium in any meal as it is known to increase blood level and instead, make, calcium, magnesium, and potassium rich foods part of your diet, as they lower the blood pressure levels.
- Exercise more; this keeps your body active and can pump blood with much ease. One need not go to the gym to do these, or wear your body out with many exercises. A little exercise for at least 20 minutes daily will work for you.
- Lower salt intake levels, and avoid more adding salt in food, it is advisable to replace the use of salt in foods with spices and herbs.
- Maintain a healthy weight; the more unhealthy pounds you have, the higher your risk of prehypertension. Work out to cut on weight if yours is unhealthy and observe a diet too. It will help you shed a considerable number of pounds. Taking water before meals might be of help as well, it makes you eat just enough for your body.
- Avoid stress; many people respond to stress by eating. When under stress, they tend to eat more hence increasing their pounds to unhealthy levels. Alternatively, you could change how you react to stress.
- Monitor your blood pressure level; in the morning before going out and in the evening when you get back. By observing how the pressure is changing, you gain motivation to keep healthy and in case it is still rising the urge to cut it down is still a motivating factor to get that which you want.
- Limit the amount of alcohol you take. High amounts of alcohol pose a risk to your health.
Strive to be healthy each passing day. As little as walking to work instead of driving can change your health status considerable. Most health conditions interlink, so by you avoiding being obese you prevent prehypertension, stroke, and other related heart conditions. You also can play the role of sensitizing people to keep healthy, so they increase their lifespan and live a healthy life all the way.
Find the motivation to keep you going and to keep you healthy. When you are healthy and evade these conditions, it means the rest of your family line will be healthy too. Parents should monitor what their kids eat too, as it may translate to other health complications in the future. Choose to be healthy today and you make the decision for the rest of your family as well.