Sabtu, 26 Januari 2013

Hypertension: Risk Factors And Related Disorders

Several factors increase the risk of hypertension. Some of the most common factors you can not control and that increase your risk.

Age: The risk of developing hypertension increases with age. If you are over 65, you have 50% chance of being hypertensive.

Ethnicity: People of South Asian descent, Aboriginal or First Nations and Inuit people of African descent have higher rates of hypertension.

Family history: You have a 20% chance of developing hypertension if one of your parents was hypertensive. If both your parents have been affected by this disease, your chances increase to 33%.

You can do some things to reduce your blood pressure and the possibility of complications related to hypertension.
  • Diabetes: The fact of examinations for diabetes and treat this disease helps to treat high blood pressure. People with diabetes have an increased risk of developing hypertension.
  • Obesity: Excess fat, especially around the waist, can increase your risk of hypertension, in addition to being a risk factor for type II diabetes and other disorders.
  • Alcohol: An excessive consumption of alcohol increases blood pressure.
  • Smoking: This habit can increase blood pressure in some people. Smoking is associated with atherosclerosis, which narrows the arteries and causes the heart to pump harder to circulate the blood.
  • Stress: Too much stress can raise blood pressure a person to dangerous levels. People who smoke, drink or eat to relieve stress and can raise blood pressure to dangerous levels.
  • Inactive lifestyle: Lack of physical activity decreases the rate at which the body burns calories. This type of lifestyle can lead to weight gain, which is a risk factor for high blood pressure as well as other health problems such as diabetes.
  • Low dietary potassium: Potassium is a mineral present in the cells. It helps to balance the sodium concentration in the cells. Too much sodium causes water retention and increased blood pressure.
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