Hypertension is no longer a myth in Nigeria, as no one is automatically immune from the effects of the dreaded “High BP”. High blood pressure is a largely symptomless “silent killer.” Often mistaken for other forms of illness especially malaria. However, if you ignore your blood pressure because you think a certain symptom or sign will alert you to the problem, you are taking a chance on your life. Affecting both young and old, man and woman, as nobody is spared, so here are five things that cause hypertension that you could avoid.
“Omo Jaiye Jaiye”, over-drinking on a regular basis comes with its consequences, top of which is hypertension. So make some changes to your life and reduce your alcohol consumption or stop entirely, this change will inevitably extend your life.
Smoking or second-hand smoke gravely increases the chances of high blood pressure coming. As well as the damage it does to the lungs, smoking also stresses your heart and sets you up for a heart attack or stroke, with the narrowing of the arteries which leads to clot.
Always extending your bedtime? To do some extra work, watch one more series, the few extra hours you deprive yourself can come back to haunt you. Lack of proper rest prevents the body from recharging and relaxing from the day’s stress. An accumulation of this stress will lead to high blood pressure.
Doesn’t sound like what would cause hypertension? Well, think again! Lack of exercise will inevitably lead to the heart overworking itself.
Tasty food is life! It’s one consistent thing among humans, as we don’t like food that doesn’t taste well. In the process of cooking, making use of salt provides taste to food, however, high salt intake is one of the highest causes of hypertension. Sadly, people still continue to consume salt in high quantities.