Hypertension remains a mystery. The so-called silent killer is just as mysterious in its symptoms as it is in its prevention. You may never experience symptoms of hypertension. Likewise, the simplest of lifestyle changes can cut your risk.
We all know that to be healthy means to maintain a healthy weight, with a healthy BMI or body mass index. If you think about it, it makes perfect sense. Your heart has to work so much harder if it has to fuel a larger mass. Cut down on the mass, cut down on the heart’s work.
WebMD gives some additional insight. Consider exercise in your lifestyle. Though amounts vary depending upon who you consult, the important thing to take away from this is that the heart is getting active exercise on a regular basis. Fortunately, your heart isn’t picky. Exercise can take many forms from a formal workout to a run to a vigorous mopping session. Just be active.
A couple of their recommendations surprised me. WebMD recommends use of non-narcotic pain relievers to less than once per week. I usually succeed at this–except for one week of the month. I always try to stick with a recommended dose. I’m surprised at how some of my friends have no qualms about popping three ibuprofen.
I started taking folic acid years ago for the health of my hair. I was equally surprised to learn that it is a benefit to my heart. There you go; bonus benefits.
The message to take away from these findings is that you are in control, to some degree, of your own health. Maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle will add years to your life.