When I grow older, I would love to see myself not having to suffer several diseases. I have been caring for my mom who has Diabetes and High Blood Pressure for several years already, and I can see the complications that she’s experiencing. She’d complain of her rheumatoid arthritis, shortness of breath, bloated feeling, blurry vision, and overfatigue. She had her leg amputation 4 years ago, which was also a complication of her Diabetes. Thank God that dialysis treatment was invented, which helps her clean up her bloodstream two or three times a week.
I am witnessing how these lifestyle diseases affects my mom. I know her sufferings and painful moments. That is why, I am challenging myself to have a healthier lifestyle. I am doing whatever I can to be active and to keep my blood circulating into my veins. I would not want to see myself one day, suffering of the consequences of my lack of discipline.
Anyway, Kuya Arnold (Brother Arnold) of BlueSpoon Culinaire have visited us here earlier today to hand some payments to my mom. Kuya Arnold said that he was late because he felt dizzy earlier and his blood pressure was up to 160/110 mmhg. That was way too high. Having the BP app here at home, he asked me to check his BP again. The result was the same, 160/110mmhg. I asked him what medicine he already taken. He said he already took clonidine, a sublingual medicine used to ease hypertension. He was not able to mention the dosage but I think it did not take effect. He needs another medicine, for sure. But I am not a doctor, only a medical technologist, so I suggested that he should have a check-up with a physician.
Here are some factors that will make a person at risk of having Hypertension:
1. Age. – Risk for high blood pressure increases as you age. My mother is only 49 years old right now. She was about 45 years old when she was diagnosed with hypertension.
2. Family History – Hypertension is a lifestyle disease that runs in the blood. My late grandfather and grandmother had it too.
3. Overweight or Obesity – Increase in our weight means more tissues should be supplied with oxygen, which means blood vessels will be pressured to supply blood.
4. Sedentary Lifestyle – People who are not active or who does not perform exercises are at risk. I, for one, have been practicing regular exercises so that my blood flow would be normal.
5. Cigarette Smoking – Chemicals from cigarette can make our blood vessels narrow, which leads to vasoconstriction, increasing our blood pressure.
6. Too much salt – Salt can retain fluid in our bloodstream, which makes the blood more dense.
7. Drinking Alcohol – Too much alcohol drinking can damage our heart.
8. Stress – When we have problems, we tend to eat more or drink or smoke. These factors may lead to high blood pressure.
9. Prolonged Health Conditions – Like for example, kidney disease. My mom has End-Stage Chronic Kidney Disease. She can’t filter water through her kidneys anymore. She does not urinate anymore. So, the fluid she takes in, stays in her body for about two days. So, she is at risk of having high blood pressure.
10. Too little potassium – Potassium can balance the amount of salt (sodium) in our body. We can get enough potassium by taking in fruits like bananas.