High Blood Pressure and Hypertension: The Silent Killer
High blood pressure is called the silent killer for good reason: most of the time people with high blood pressure don’t have any obvious symptoms that something is wrong. High blood pressure usually develops over time, and it increases risk for several dangerous — and often deadly — health conditions:
- First heart attack: About 7 of every 10 people who experience their first heart attack have high blood pressure.
- First stroke: About 8 of every 10 people who experience their first stroke have high blood pressure.
- Chronic (long lasting) heart failure: About 7 of every 10 people who suffer chronic heart failure have high blood pressure.
- Kidney disease is another major risk factor for high blood pressure.
In 2013, more than 360,000 people died with high blood pressure listed as a primary or contributing cause in their death. Think about it: That is nearly 1,000 deaths every day. We cannot control all risk factors associated with high blood pressure, but we can take steps to prevent or control high blood pressure and minimize its complications.
The link between nutrition and high blood pressure/hypertension
A healthy diet is crucial to reducing high blood pressure. Healthy foods rich in nutrients allow our cells to properly regenerate to repair damaged blood vessels, which improves heart function and lowers blood pressure. In addition to consuming vitamins and minerals, we also should consume foods high in omega-3s because they support healthy heart function. Healthy foods also aid in weight loss and help us maintain a healthy body weight, another factor that can contribute to lower blood pressure.
It’s equally important to avoid nutrient-poor and highly processed foods that increase blood pressure. This includes limiting intake of harmful ingredients such as saturated fats, trans-fat, sodium, red meat, sweets and sugar-sweetened beverages. Limit the intake of foods and beverages high in calories and low in nutrients. These include fast food and processed foods and sugary beverages. Although high blood pressure is easily detected, it cannot be cured. However, with an eye toward healthy dietary considerations and healthy lifestyle it can be effectively controlled.
Our Solution: a Nutrient-Rich Diet with Everything Your Body Needs, and Nothing it Doesn’t
Nutrient-rich foods low in calories are a critical component of a heart-healthy diet. Nutrient-rich foods contain the vitamins, minerals and protein our bodies need so they can heal and repair themselves. Take control of your health and live life without disease by eating foods that have everything your body needs and nothing it doesn’t.
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