Detroit health news

Detroit Health news

for ...
Wellness news for
tips for high blood pressure

Risk factors for high blood pressure - and the serious health conditions that can follow.

By DetroitHealth.com writers. Not doctor reviewed. Read disclaimer.

Nearly 1 in 3 American adults and 1 in 5 Canadians have high blood pressure. High blood pressure increases your risk of serious conditions including coronary heart disease, heart failure, stroke, kidney failure and more. However, many people are unaware they even have it since high blood pressure itself normally shows no symptoms.

Some of the major risk factors for high blood pressure include:

  • Age -- Males over 45 and females over 55 have a higher risk of high blood pressure.
  • Race/ethnicity -- Anyone can have high blood pressure, but it's especially prevalent in African- Americans, often with an earlier onset and increased severity. Plus, African-Americans have a higher rate of death from stroke and kidney disease than Caucasian or Hispanic- American adults.
  • Unhealthy lifestyle habits -- Certain lifestyle habits can increase your risk, such as too much alcohol, not enough potassium, inactivity and smoking.
  • Overweight or obesity
  • Family history of high blood pressure and prehypertension (a blood pressure reading of 120-139/80-89 mmHg).
  • The sodium connection -- For some people, too much sodium in the diet can lead to higher blood pressure. Sodium keeps excess fluid in the body, which puts a strain on the heart. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), eating less sodium can help prevent, lower or even control blood pressure. A CDC study shows that 2 out of 3 adults in the United States are at high risk from sodium-related health problems.

What is a high blood pressure reading?

You'll often see blood pressure readings written as systolic (blood pressure when the heart is pumping blood) over diastolic (blood pressure when the heart is at rest - between beats) and looks something like 120/80. Blood pressure can vary throughout the day and by stress or activity levels. If your numbers are above 120 (systolic) or 80 (diastolic) most of the time, however, you may be developing or already have high blood pressure and should talk with a doctor.

what is a high blood pressure reading

Tips for bringing or keeping your blood pressure under control:

salt and high blood pressureThe salt and high blood pressure connection

You may be consuming too much sodium

Our bodies need sodium: it regulates blood pressure and blood volume and plays a key role in muscle and nerve function. But too much sodium in your diet can pose health hazards, including high blood pressure and increased risk of heart attack or stroke. The good news? You can help reduce your daily sodium intake with some simple dietary changes.

Tips for reducing your sodium intake

Although cutting back on table salt sounds like the easy solution, all forms of sodium need to be taken into consideration. only 6% of our daily intake of sodium comes from added table salt. Most of our sodium intake comes from packaged, processed, store-bought and restaurant food (about 77% of it, in fact). Naturally occurring sodium accounts for about 12% of daily intake and 5% comes from salt used in cooking.

You can help reduce your sodium consumption by incorporating these tips into your daily diet:
  • Buy fresh, frozen or canned "no salt added" vegetables
  • Use fresh meats rather than canned or processed types
  • Use herbs, spices and salt-free seasonings to make foods tasty without using salt
  • Cut back on frozen dinners, pizza, packaged mixes, canned soups or broth and salad dressings
  • Rinse canned foods to remove some sodium
  • Buy low- or reduced-sodium, or no-salt-added varieties of foods
  • Check food labels for sodium amount

Sodium can also be found in certain over-the-counter and prescription medications. Consult your healthcare provider about potential sodium content.

buy pureformulas vitaminspureformulas discounts

Latest Detroit Health news:

Detroit health topics being discussed here:

  • what is high blood pressure
  • cause of high blood pressure
  • symptoms of high blood pressure
  • what is normal blood pressure
  • hypertension
  • how to reduce blood pressure
  • stress and illness
  • health and social stress
  • Omega-3 oil for brain injury
  • essential fatty acids (EFA)
  • computer and heart disease
  • TV and heart disease
From the Research Desk...
Social stress can increase inflammation

health effects of social pressureLos Angeles, California - People in stressful social situations show greater increases in inflammation, researchers from UCLA reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

In the study, 124 volunteers were placed in awkward social situations: giving an impromptu speech, performing difficult mental arithmetic and taking part in an online game. In all scenarios, participants were subjected to social rejection.

Researchers discovered that participants who showed increased activity in brain regions that responded to social stress also had increases in inflammatory activity when exposed to acute social stress in the lab.

"This is further evidence of how closely our mind and body are connected," said George Slavich, a postdoctoral fellow at the UCLA Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology. "We have known for a long time that social stress can 'get under the skin' to increase risk for disease, but it's been unclear exactly how these effects occur. To our knowledge, this study is the first to identify the neurocognitive pathways that might be involved in inflammatory responses to acute social stress."

Researchers noted that chronic inflammation can put people at risk for a variety of health conditions.

Omega-3 may help protect against brain injury damage

Morgantown, West Virginia - Use of Omega-3 fatty acids prior to a brain injury may help reduce the resulting damage, scientists reported in the journal Neurosurgery. These same researchers discovered in past studies that the Omega-3 fatty acid docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) showed positive results in post-injury treatment and wanted to test its effects when given prior to injury.

Using rats, researchers administered DHA for 30 days and then induced traumatic brain injuries. The rats given the highest amounts of DHA experienced the least amount of tissue damage.

The scientists concluded, "The potential for DHA to provide prophylactic [preventive] benefit to the brain against traumatic injury appears promising and requires further investigation."

Too much TV or computer time may be bad news for the heart

London, United Kingdom - Spending more than two hours per day watching TV or on the computer can increase the risk of a cardiac event, according to a study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

computers and heart diseaseResearchers followed 4,512 Scottish men for four years and found that those men who spent two or more hours in front of a screen every day were 125% more at risk of a cardiac event than those who watched less. Those who watched four hours or more were 48% more likely to die from any cause.

Scientists concluded that inflammation and metabolic risk factors partly played a role. C-reactive protein, a marker for inflammation, was two times higher in those with four or more hours of screen time than those with less than two hours.

Physical activity did not lessen the risk of cardiac events.

Today's World Health News...
L.A. Times - Health
L.A. Times - Health
Headlines from Los Angeles Times

08/15/2014 03:30 PM
Food buyers lean toward 'natural,' a claim that's hard to define
When you buy a box of crackers labeled "natural," do you just assume they're organic? Don't. When you choose an "all natural" chocolate syrup for your kids' ice cream, are you thinking it has less sugar? Read the label.
08/15/2014 01:30 PM
Surfer Bethany Hamilton aims to motivate girls with 'Body and Soul'
Talk about a commitment to her sport: Bethany Hamilton lost her entire left arm to a shark attack while surfing — and within a month was back on her board riding the waves. She was 13.
07/24/2014 04:11 PM
We're all in the clean-plate club, researchers conclude
Seems that most of us take to heart the common admonition to clean our plates, at least when we fill them ourselves.
07/31/2014 01:17 PM
'Get Up!' or lose hours of your life every day, scientist says
There’s a saying going around that sitting is the new smoking. It’s a bit snarky and perhaps a none-too-subtle dig at those of us who spend a lot of time on our rear ends for work and pleasure. But Dr. James Levine, who is credited with it, is dead serious. In fact, he says, sitting...
CNN.com - Health
CNN.com - Health
CNN.com delivers up-to-the-minute news and information on the latest top stories, weather, entertainment, politics and more.

08/18/2014 04:53 AM
Retired teacher loses 200 pounds
"There's another one who will break our equipment," Kathleen Riser overheard one trainer say, pointing at her 350-plus pound frame. Two years later, people now point to Riser as an inspiration.

08/04/2014 07:35 AM
'Big Ben' loses 145 pounds
After almost two years of strict dieting and exercise Ben's 140lbs lighter. He's lost 38 inches off of his waist and tossed out his 3XL shirts to make room for his new size, large.

07/31/2014 07:15 AM
Plant-based diet is his secret
For years Benji Kurtz was severely obese. He tried diet after diet. Then the solution to his weight loss problem found him.

08/15/2014 12:55 PM
Mental health help: Where to turn
Americans often don't know where to turn when dealing with a loved one with serious mental illness, but experts emphsize there are resources available.

08/12/2014 06:26 AM
Venom may hold cure for cancer
How nanotechnology and synthesized venom may hold the key to stopping cancer cell growth.

08/15/2014 10:25 AM
Break up with your trainer
After months of personal training, you're still not seeing results. Could it be time to ditch your trainer?

08/14/2014 07:25 AM
9 nutrition rules for athletes
Follow these nutrition guidelines to ensure your hard work in training pays off.

Health - CBSNews.com
Health - CBSNews.com
Health Headlines From CBSNews.com

08/22/2014 07:24 AM
Vision loss a serious threat for elderly
When older adults lose eyesight they have trouble with basic daily functions, which puts them at a higher risk for death. Also, surgery may be more effective than chemo-radiation for cancer of the larynx, striking as many as 13,000 people a year. Danielle Nottingham has some of the day's top health stories.

08/21/2014 07:06 PM
​Fewer American teens using sunscreen
Warnings about sun exposure and skin cancer aren't getting through, experts say

08/21/2014 06:11 PM
Amy Van Dyken-Rouen takes her first steps
More than two months after a spinal cord injury, the six-time Olympic gold medalist is walking with bionic legs

08/21/2014 03:59 PM
How doctors know an Ebola patient is no longer contagious
Two American patients who survived the deadly virus are discharged from the hospital, and doctors seek to reassure the public there's nothing to fear

08/21/2014 05:56 PM
Report urges pregnant women to avoid eating tuna
In June, the government released recommendations telling Americans to eat more fish for its health benefits. But a new analysis from Consumer Reports says pregnant women should avoid one of the most popular types of fish. CBS News' Jericka Duncan reports.

08/21/2014 05:38 PM
Minnesota mom facing charges after giving son medical marijuana
A Minnesota mother is charged with child endangerment for giving her son medical marijuana to treat his pain. Angela Brown calls the cannabis oil a lifesaver for her 15-year-old son, Trey, who suffered a traumatic brain injury three years ago at a baseball game. WCCO-TV's Liz Collin reports.

08/21/2014 03:39 PM
American Ebola patients declared virus-free, released from hospital
Two American Ebola patients have been declared virus free and have been released from Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. The aid workers had been getting treatment for the deadly virus in a special isolation unit since returning from West Africa. CBS News' Danielle Nottingham reports.

We welcome your Feedback...
 
Add new comment
Comments are moderated. Please expect a delay.
Showing comment(s)
Allen
September 26, 2012
I would have been skeptical of your report that time in front of the TV screen is all that dangerous, even if we exercise. Coincidentally, however, i read this article just today from our Boston NPR station that not only confirms what you're saying but they even go one step further and forcast exactly how much that hour in front of the TV will shorten your life (22 minutes): http://commonhealth.wbur.org/2012/09/hour-tv-22-minutes-life
 
spanish textfrench text

feedback
news@DetroitHealth.com

rss Subscribe to our RSS

Copyright 2014 DetroitHealth.com. All rights reserved.

Information provided here should not to be used for diagnosing or treating any disease or condition. For specific health concerns, please see a physician or professional health care provider. DetroitHealth.com is a commercial website and is not affiliated with, or endorsed by, any government agency, university or private medical center. COMPENSATION DISCLOSURE: We may receive compensation for products reviewed or promoted here. Terms of use | Privacy policy

advertisement