High Blood Pressure: What You Can Do?

What is high blood pressure? Blood is pumped by the heart and it is directed to flow through the arteries to different parts of the body. The pumping of the heart produces pressure which makes blood push against the walls of the arteries. This pressure is measured in two forms.

Systolic pressure is pressure of the blood when heart beats and diastolic pressure is the pressure of blood when heart is at rest in between beats. Blood pressure is measured by using blood pressure apparatus. The normal pressure of the blood is 120/80mmHg, indicating 120mmHg as systolic pressure and 80mg/Hg as diastolic pressure. Blood pressure above than this normal measure is said to be high blood pressure. However, it does not necessarily indicate that the individual is a patient of high blood pressure because blood pressure can change with varying state of mind and body. This varying pressure of the blood can go back to the normal once the individual is out of that state. Moreover, this pressure of the blood also varies according to age, e.g; a child has very low blood pressure while an aged person may have a little above than normal measure. 

High blood pressure is one of the most common health conditions in the United States of America. According to National Institute of Health (NIH), 1 in 3 Americans have high blood pressure. High blood pressure normally does not have any warnings or symptoms and people do not realize that they are going through with high blood pressure. Thus it “eats up” the body silently. High Blood Pressure is also called “Hypertension”. Hypertension, if not taken care of, can lead to serious health issues including cardiovascular diseases. It is a common observation that people take medications to lower blood pressure. High blood pressure medications, as cited in HealthWise Clinical Nutrition’s blog, are among top 10 most prescribed medicines. These medicines control the blood pressure for a while but eventually cause more damages to the body and its functions. High blood pressure is seen to be controlled by introducing and sticking to healthy changes in lifestyle. 

Traditional medical science believes that there are many factors that can cause high blood pressure/hypertension. Generally anyone can develop high blood pressure but people at the older ages, especially in their 60s, have higher risk of developing hypertension. Obesity or fattiness is identified as another factor contributing in the development of hypertension. People with family history are also prone to hypertension. Certain ethnic groups like African-Americans and Mexican-Americans are at higher risk of developing high blood pressure. 

Once an individual is identified to have high blood pressure, doctors generally prescribe medicines and diet plans to treat it. However, the underlying cause of the disease is always left unaddressed. The Functional Medicine approach looks into the underlying causes and tries to root out the problem. SuperGenes adopts a Functional Medicine approach to solve such health problems by looking at blood work of the individual. SuperGenes has a unique value that we can work along with your doctor to help you live a happy life. We provide online consultation and based on your symptoms recommend the required blood test so that the causes of your health condition can be addressed and corrected. This leads to a healthier body and a better quality of life..

Remember, a healthy lifestyle and a balanced diet can help you to lower your blood pressure and keep it under control. And our testing will identify the contributing factors to your high blood pressure, and then we will provide you with a report and an actionable game plan to lower it safely and naturally.

NIH recommended DASH eating plan to prevent High Blood Pressure