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What Causes High Blood Pressure

High Blood Pressure Causes

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Having hypertension is probably the  most common medical problems these days. Basically, people’s blood pressures are measured by finding the amount of blood that pushes against vessels of the heart’s walls. This muscle then pumps it all into various arteries, which then pumps that throughout a person’s veins. Hypertension (or overly elevated blood pressure) is dangerous because a person’s heart works harder to pump all throughout a person’s body than it should, which weakens arteries and veins over time which contributes to overall hardening of arteries, which contributes to cardiac failure. Some of the worst parts about elevated blood pressure problems are that they often symptomless, until a person’s hypertension is out of control.

There Are Various Causes of hypertension That We Know Of:
-Being Overweight or Obese
-Lack of Physical Activity
-Too Much Salt in a person’s Diet
-Too Much Alcohol Consumption (Usually more than 1 or 2 drinks a day)
-Excessive Stress
-Older Age
-Family backgrounds of elevated blood  Pressure
-Reoccurring Kidney problems
-Thyroid and Adrynal disorders

Majorily, a vast amount of senarios studied (over 95 percent) indicated most of the underlying causes of elevated blood pressure cannot be determined. While this type of hypertension has been a mystery for doctors as to actual causes of essiential hypertension are more or less unknown, there are certain risk factors to look at- for instance, hypertension is more likely to occur within families and is also more likely to affect men than it is women. A person’s race and age also play a huge role in overall development of hypertension- often the black population are twice as likely as the white population to have problems with it; and after 65, hypertension is most likely within black women.

Factors that Affect Those With Elevated Blood Pressure

Normally those with hypertension are classified as being sensitive to salt; meaning that if they take too much in, then their body’s pressure levels increase. Often, other types of factors raise risks of having hypertension; like obesity, diabetes, excessive stress incidences, insufficient intakes of potassium, calcium or magnesium even something like not exercising over various lengths of time. Secondary Hypertension is related to a known medical issue, like problems with the kidneys, or tumors or any abnormality that might cause more excretion of certain hormones that cause hypertension. Sometimes, these hormones are triggered by certain birth control medications containing estrogen.

So, Are You Likely To Develop Hypertension?

It’s difficult to discern whether or not you will develop these sorts of problems, but those in the following list are at elevated risk, and should therefore go out of their way to avoid being hypertensive.

– those with hypertensive people in the family
– Smokers
– African- Americans
– Pregnant women
– Women who take birth control pills
– those over 35
– Those who are overweight or obese
– If you are not active, or participating with  some sort of exercise
– Anyone who drinks alcohol excessively
– those eating excessively fatty foods that contain excessive amounts of salt
– Those with sleep apnea
Hypertension is not a curse, but it is something that needs to be monitored, so that your health is completely under your control.

3 Things To Help Manage Diabetes

managing diabetesDiabetes is an overwhelming disease. Often, it’s a complete life change; and more often than not, just taking insulin or pills is the easiest part of dealing with diabetes. Often, those who are diagnosed often forget that there are solutions to help control diabetes, even if the problem can’t be cured all together. Often, it takes a combination of several other factors; as well as identifying what is causing your blood sugar levels to spike as they do.

Why Take Steps to Become Healthier?

Generally; the most important parts of dealing with diabetes include simply taking care of yourself; and if you follow the regimen, you can avoid tell-tell symptoms like being tired or thirsty, needing to pass urine constantly, healing better ad having fewer skin and bladder infections, as well as avoiding heart attack or stroke, eye problems, pain and numbness that sometimes lead to amputation or teeth and gum problems and kidney failure- proving that it’s definitely in your best interests to get your blood sugar under control.

So what can you do?

1. Eat Healthy and Become/Remain Active
When you’re diabetic you have to constantly balance carbohydrates, proteins and fats in reasonable quantities to keep your blood sugar even and your weight balanced. Eating regular meals with less saturated fat and excessive amounts of sodium make a huge difference; as well as controlling the amounts and types of carbohydrates you eat. You can eat what you want, just mind portion sizes and compromise food groups to keep everything balanced. to do this, you need to know nutrient contents- especially carbohydrates that spike blood sugar, this means learning to read labels and make substitutions to recipes to control nutrients and fat, reducing sodium and choosing appropriately when you eat out.

The second part of this equation is engaging in aerobic or strength building activities and constantly training flexibility. An exercise regimen helps control blood glucose levels for those with type 2 diabetes and improve cardiovascular health and assist in weight loss making a huge difference in blood sugar levels and weight and glucose retention for those with type 2 and type 1. It’s often very important to know the difference between working enough and overworking, especially if hypo or  hyperglycemia is a concern.

2. Carefully Monitor Your Blood Sugar and Make Sure to Take All Medication
If you’ve changed your diet, and you exercise more frequently, then it’s important to maintain a journal chronicling your blood sugars and how they respond to different medications and lifestyle changes you are implementing and if further changes are required. Careful monitoring as well as interpreting the changes in your blood glucose levels are part of making good decisions and controlling blood sugar as well as making sure you’re following all prescribed medicine orders.

If you’ve got type 1 diabetes then it’s essential that you take your medicine, or you’ll be seriously ill; however if you’ve got type 2 and make drastic changes, then eventually you may be able to control your blood pressure with oral medicine instead of painful injections. The longer your body cannot provide insulin the worse your pancreas will be and you will be forced to take your medicine because your body forgets how to operate properly. Understanding how your medicine works and how changes are affecting your P.H. balance, as well as any side effects; are integral to helping maintain and control your insulin levels in ways that benefit overall health and well- being.

3. Reduce Risks of High Blood Sugar, As Well As Planning Your Diet and Emergencies
In order to guarantee that you will remain healthy, you have to know what preventative care you need. Careful monitoring of blood pressure, careful eye, foot and dental exams as well as lab tests that monitor micro-albumin, cholesterol, and lipid fat in your body- and knowing what these tests mean drastically improve your chances for therapy and frequent monitoring means planning your care more carefully. Diabetes is a chronic, persistent and progressive disease that’s affected by everything that a person does- eating and exercise, stress and illness- these are problems that people with diabetes face every day. You have to be prepared if your blood sugar levels spike, or you need insulin at an important business meeting- or even if you need special dietary restrictions to control your health. Dealing with this progressive disease requires a lot of patient involvement that involves your psychological health as much as your emotional and physical health, and often the entire family is affected. It takes a lot to have the important skills to maneuver these kinds of awkward activities and make changes in your life as positive as possible to keep yourself emotionally stable.

Diabetes doesn’t have to end your life. Change the way you live and monitor your new life very carefully, and you will find that you can live the same as you did before- maybe even better. Embrace your diabetes and attempt to make the best of it to forward your life in positive ways.