I am being treated for high blood pressure (thankfully it is under control) yet for a while I did nothing about it even though there is a history of blood pressure in the family.
Please do not think it is something I will not get. Did you know that 1 in 3 people in the UK have high blood pressure?
High blood pressure or as it is medically referred to as Hypertension is a secret killer. Over a period of time it can damage your blood vessels which in turn can lead to kidney or heart disease or even a stroke.
It is recommended that all adults aged 40 or over should get their blood pressure checked every few years. Prevention is better than cure.
Where can you get tested?
At your Doctors
Your local chemist
Some work places also check your blood pressure.
You can also purchase blood pressure kits (but this should only be after you have seen your Doctor and can be used for regular weekly check ups so you can keep your blood pressure under control.
If you find your blood pressure is high and maybe the life changes do not reduce it sufficiently, then your doctor may prescribe medication (usually in tablet form) to help lower your blood pressure.
Have your five a day
Eating more fruit and veg can help with lowering blood pressure.
It is recommended that you eat a wide range of fruit and veg. It is best to always eat fresh but frozen and tinned are also suitable but beware of added salt, sugar or even fats.
Try to get a mixture of colour into your diet from all types of fruit and veg.
Try to keep to a healthy weight
Being overweight will increase your blood pressure and other health problems. Try to lose weight by eating healthy. If you have had trouble losing weight why not consider attending a weight loss class as being in a group is more motivational than going it alone. Also try to get more exercise (see my recent blog post on walking 10,000 steps a day. Try to start with small changes in your diet.
Try to exercise for around 30 minutes a day. This will not only make you feel better but will keep your heart healthy.
Reduce your alcohol intake
Try to stick to the recommended list of 14 units a week for male and females. A unit can be a half pint of beer, a single pub measure of spirits or a small glass of wine.
Reduce your salt intake
Too much salt in your diet will increase blood pressure so try to avoid salt as much as possible.
Never add salt to your foods. So many foods have salt already added so do not add any extra. Added salt in certain foods include breakfast cereals, ready meals and bread.
If you do like salt purchase low salt instead which is available from all supermarkets.
Why not consider an LCD Digital write blood pressure monitor to keep a track on your blood pressure.
If you are concerned about your blood pressure please visit your Doctor who can give you further medical advice. This blog is for information only and is only my opinion.