In Montgomery, AL, we are living in what is nationally referred to as the “Stroke Belt”. “ Our children are increasingly being diagnosed with high blood pressure. At Advanced Physicians Weight Management, we monitor your blood pressure and pulse as part of our routine care. Eliminating blood pressure medications or decreasing the dosage required for control of the blood pressure is a wonderful side effect of proper nutrition and weight control.
The reason for high blood pressure is not always clear, but several contributing factors have been identified. A sedentary lifestyle, poor dietary choices, obesity, and genetic factors may all contribute to the development of high blood pressure.
Generally medical experts accept 120/80 or below as the ideal blood pressure reading; however, the normal for each individual varies with the condition of their health and whether they are on blood pressure medications, whether they have heart disease or kidney disease or diabetes. The blood pressure will also vary depending on the time of day, your hydration state and many other factors. Your physician will help determine the ideal blood pressure range for you. Keep in mind that healthier people generally have lower blood pressures.
Health issues that come with high blood pressure can include heart disease, kidney disease, stroke, retinal eye disease, and poor circulation.
One of the most important things you can do to manage high blood pressure is to lose excess weight. Once the extra weight is shedded, eating a healthy diet to maintain that weight loss will help keep the blood pressure stable. Regular exercise can be an important part of the weight loss and overall health journey, as well. High blood pressure patients generally should keep sodium intake levels low.
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