Every year 17th of May is observed as World Hypertension Day (WHD). World Hypertension League (WHL) launched the WHD in 2005 with an aim of spreading awareness about hypertension, commonly known as high blood pressure.
Hypertension is a critical disease and can be fatal if not treated in time. The problem, though, is not the unavailability of medicines and treatment, it is the ignorance of people around the world about the ailment and it’s widespread. To raise awareness about hypertension, WHL has adopted the theme ‘Know your numbers’ and launched an initiative called ‘May Measurement Month’.
The blood pressure levels of an individual are his numbers. Normal blood pressure is 120 over 80 mm of mercury (mmHg) and hypertension is higher than 130 over 80 mmHg. World Hypertension Day (WHD) on May 17, 2018 has a goal of having 10 Million blood pressures taken globally in the one month leading up to WHD.
While this was information on Hypertension that will surely help you take note of its seriousness, we’ve complied some simple preventive measures that you can adopt:
Preventive measures for hypertension
- Follow a Healthy Diet
Include fresh fruits and plenty of vegetables in your diet. Also consume less salt as it is high in sodium which can increase your blood pressure.
- Change Your Lifestyle
Follow a disciplined lifestyle and make sure to exercise regularly. Jogging, walking, cycling and swimming are the best exercises to keep yourself fit.
- Stop Smoking
It is well known that smoking causes cancer and is fatal in one way or the other. Smoking cigarette increases the blood pressure which can lead to a heart attack.
- Curb Alcohol Consumption
Consumption of alcohol raises the risk of hypertension and thus should be consumed in limited quantity. It is best advised that men should have maximum of 2 drinks per day and women should have only 1 drink per day.
- Stress Reduction
Avoid taking stress for petty issues. Also develop tactics to handle the unavoidable stress and try to keep calm in every situation. Taking more stress can increase your blood pressure levels.
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