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High Blood Pressure and Aging

It is well known that aging is associated with increased blood pressure. You may have never had high blood pressure, but if you’re over the age of 50 or 60, chances are you know someone who has.

After menopause, women are more likely to develop high blood pressure. You can also have high blood pressure or hypertension and feel perfectly fine.

According to studies, many adult Nigerians may have high blood pressure but are unaware of it because they are not sick and show no visible or palpable signs of illness.

This is why hypertension is sometimes referred to as “the silent killer.”

A blood pressure check may be the only way to determine if you have high blood pressure. As a result, hospitals and pharmacies routinely check your blood pressure when you visit them. Even if you are not feeling sick, you should check your blood pressure at home to ensure that it is within the normal range.

How to control high blood pressure:
  1. Women who are overweight are more likely to develop HBP; therefore, if you are overweight, you should lose weight.
    Perhaps you should start a diet to lose weight. There are numerous diets to choose from. Do your best to research as many as possible before settling on the one that best suits your needs. If you work out frequently, for example, keto may not be the best option for you because it completely eliminates carbs from your diet, but you need carbs to maintain your energy. For you, a low-carb diet may be preferable to keto. You could also follow a diet that allows you to track your calories and replace processed carbohydrates with healthier alternatives.
  2. Exercise on a regular basis: Exercise is how I deal with stress. If you do not have an active social life, such as partying, you will need to find other ways to de-stress, and exercising is a great option. Regular moderate exercise, regardless of your social life, can reduce your risk of high blood pressure.
  3. Food has the ability to both heal and harm. Keep an eye on what you put in your mouth, especially as you get older. We’ve already established that as you get older, you’re more likely to develop high blood pressure. Fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are examples of foods that should be included in your diet. Aside from being filling and satisfying, they also help lower blood pressure.
  4. Reduce all of your “habits,” such as drinking alcohol and smoking. Your body is not as young as it once was. Reduce or eliminate them completely. Your health is very important.
  5. Limit your salt consumption. Make a plan to replace at least one meal a day with fruits and vegetables that do not require the addition of salt for flavor. This would help significantly to reduce your salt intake.
  6. Sleep well. Did you know that sleep aids in weight loss? I was researching this a while ago, and I discovered that women who do not sleep for at least 9 hours per day will struggle to lose weight. And we’re not just talking about sleeping; we’re talking about deep sleep! Getting enough deep sleep each night is restorative and aids in both mental and physical recovery, which aids in weight loss. So, if you’ve been struggling to lose weight despite your best efforts, you should take a look at your sleeping habits.
  7. Finally, you must learn how to cope with stress. I understand that this can be difficult, especially if you live in a country like ours. But the truth is that if you let the stress get to you, you will end up in a much worse situation. Take some time off to relax and meditate. Turn off everything that could be a source of stress. Allow yourself to make mistakes; you are not perfect after all. Form a strong connection with God. Concentrate on the positives, learn from your mistakes, and move on.

High blood pressure is a serious problem that should not be ignored, especially as you get older. Although no one has died as a result of high blood pressure, it can have serious consequences for your health, so you should take steps to reduce it right away.

 

 

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About Oluwakemi Oyefeso

Oluwakemi is a dedicated business owner and lifestyle coach. She started her business out of the passion for providing shapewear that works! She is also the founder of The Kesabeso:: Shape Your Body Community, a fitness and lifestyle community on Facebook. The community, which has over 3000 members, strives to encourage more women to adopt a healthy lifestyle. Apart from overseeing the running of her business, she also works part time as a Freelancer, helping others build their business by offering her services as administrative/ virtual assistant, social media manager, blogging and customer service representative. Before starting her own firm, she worked for over 15 years in various administrative jobs for several organizations, including a financial services company, an upstream oil servicing company, and others. She is the mother of three wonderful children.

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