Blood pressure refers to the force with which blood moves through your body, and your blood pressure levels should stay within a normal range. When they don’t because the force of the blood moving through your body is too strong for too long, you have a condition called high blood pressure, also known as hypertension. This is a relatively common health problem, affecting as many as 1 in 3 Americans.
Having it increases a person’s risk for health problems like heart disease, stroke, atherosclerosis, and kidney failure. There is much you can do to keep your blood pressure within a normal range and avoid these risks.
The Risk Factors
Many factors cause a person to be at a greater risk of developing it. These include:
Race (it is more common in African Americans)
Excessive in the diet
Drugs or excessive alcohol
Obstructive sleep apnea
Adrenal gland tumors
Congenital blood defects
Chronic vitamin D and/or potassium deficiency over time
Blood Pressure Medications: Not Always the Answer!
Although medications exist that are designed to keep blood pressure in the normal range, they are not without risk. Taking the type of blood pressure medications called calcium channel blockers can increase the possibility of a person getting cancer, especially as a person gets older.
Other than taking medication for it, there are many lifestyle changes you can make and natural things you can do that can help.