Last month a young male aged 30 years visited at our wellness center for pre employment fitness check up. His Blood pressure was found to be 170/100 mm Hg. On inquiring him about his blood pressure readings, he was unaware of having high blood pressure and he had never checked it before. He added that he had no signs or symptoms of Hypertension. Later I came to know that he was a chronic smoker and enjoying a luxurious sedentary lifestyle.
Today Hypertension can affect anybody. There are certain traits, conditions and habits which increase the risk of Hypertension.
- Older Age
- Family history of hypertension
- Being overweight
- No physical activity
- High intake of salt
- High intake of saturated and trans fats
- Excessive alcohol consumption
One or more of these conditions fall you in the risk of hypertension. Insulin resistance which is common in obesity and is a component of the metabolic syndrome (Diabetes) is also contribute to hypertension.
Recent studies have also implicated events in early life for example low birth weight, maternal smoking and lack of breast feeding as risk factors for adult hypertension, although the mechanisms linking these exposures to adult hypertension remain obscure.
People who have high levels of cholesterol, who have heart or kidney disease as well and people who have had Stroke also have the increased risk of Hypertension.
After reading this article I am sure that each one of you will be in a position to identify your own risk factors for Hypertension and work on them to overcome Hypertension. So, get your Blood pressure checked regularly before high blood pressure resulting into any serious disease.