Sunday, February 21, 2010

Hypertension the Silent Killer

About one fifth of Canadians are potential victims of high blood pressure. Since Canada and the U.S. have similar lifestyles, it's a fairly safe guess that the figures are similar there.

The Canadian Health Measures Surveys, compiled by Statistics Canada, indicates 19 per cent of Canadians aged 20 to 79 or about 4.6 million, have hypertension, also known as high blood pressure. As well, another 20 per cent of Canadians have blood pressure readings putting them in the pre-hypertension range.

So what is causing this situation, especially with younger people?

"Most of it is lifestyle choices," Jackie Zalinsky, vice-president of health promotion for the Manitoba branch of the Heart and Stroke Foundation told the Winnipeg Free Press, Feb. 18, 2010.

"Cut obesity, be more physically active, not smoking, having a better diet. We just have to keep repeating the message," she said. "It's called the silent killer because it has no symptoms. It's sometimes only found during an annual checkup."

So what more can a person do to keep blood pressure normal?

Take a break every day to relax, deep breathe and meditate.

Reduce salt and alcohol in your diet.

Supplement your diet with Usana nutritional products.

Laugh more. Hug somebody. Cultivate positive friendships.

In short. Be proactive.

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