Did you know that the consequences of high blood pressure can impact other areas of health, like your vision and even your sex life? In the United States, 1 out of every 3 adults has high blood pressure with only 54% having it under control. This 54% statistic is based on higher-than-ideal blood pressure ranges which means most adults today suffer chronic hypertensive damage to their tissues. And over 25% of US adults have metabolic syndrome, which includes hypertension as one of its defining features. According to the American Heart Association, the total life expectancy at 50 is five years longer for people with normal blood pressure. And the estimated cost of high blood pressure in 2010 was $46 billion.
6 Health Consequences of High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure damages arteries that can burst or clog more easily. High blood pressure increases your stroke risk by four to six times, and 77% of people who experience a first stroke have high blood pressure.
High blood pressure can strain the vessels in the eyes.
3. Heart Attack
High blood pressure damages arteries that can become blocked. Of people who have a first heart attack, 69% have high blood pressure.
4. Heart Failure
High blood pressure can cause the heart to enlarge and fail to supply blood to the body. Of people with congestive heart failure, 75% have high blood pressure.
5. Kidney Disease
High blood pressure can cause arteries around the kidneys to narrow, weaken, or harden so not enough blood is delivered to the kidneys. Eventually, the kidneys lose their ability to filter blood. High blood pressure is the second leading-cause of kidney failure.
6. Erectile Dysfunction
High blood pressure leads to erectile dysfunction because of reduced blood flow throughout the body.
- Eat a high plant-based diet rich in organic fruits and vegetables.
- Consume healthy fats.
- Do some form of exercise every day. Walking or rebounding is recommended.
- Drink lots of filtered water.
- Avoid high sodium foods.
- Avoid fast food and prepackaged food.
- Eliminate gluten.
- Get daily sunshine on your body.
- Avoid refined sugar.
- Avoid BPA (Bisphenol A) found in plastics and liners of cans.
- Include a good calcium-magnesium supplement.
- Learn how to conquer stress naturally.
- Perform a chemical and heavy metal cleanse.
- Have your Vitamin D3 levels checked. Supplement according to results of labs.
- Take a good Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) supplement.
- Treat sleep apnea.
- Scientific evidence shows that olive leaf extract provides ACE inhibition, while celery seed extract offers calcium channel blocking effects. However, if you are currently taking a prescription medication for high blood pressure, consult your healthcare practitioner before adding olive leaf extract and celery seed extract.
Research and Resources
- http://www.cdc.gov/bloodpressure/facts.htm. Accessed July 2, 2017.
- http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6135a3.htm.Accessed July 2, 2017.
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