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May Is National Blood Pressure Month

May is National High Blood Pressure Education month, and it’s a good time to learn more about how to reduce your high blood pressure. In 2013, 17.7% of Canadians aged 12 and older reported being diagnosed with high blood pressure (which is 5.3 million people). In addition, 32.6% of Canadians over age 18 who were obese had high blood pressure, all according to Statistics Canada.

Here are some things you should know about high blood pressure, the eight main ways to reduce it, and how you can keep yourself happy and healthy.

What is blood pressure?

Blood pressure is the force of blood upon the walls of your arteries as blood flows through them. That pressure naturally falls and rises throughout the day. But if the pressure is continually high, it is considered high blood pressure, or hypertension. Another way to think about it is like pipes in your house, bringing water to your kitchen tap. Like these taps, your arteries can fail if the pressure is too high.

Blood pressure is measured by two numbers, systolic and diastolic. Systolic pressure is the force on your blood vessel walls when your heart beats and pumps blood in and out of the heart. It is represented as the top number in your blood pressure reading, while diastolic is the bottom number. Diastolic pressure is the force that occurs when your heart relaxes between beats.

A normal blood pressure reading is 120 systolic and under 80 diastolic. A reading of over 140 systolic and over 90 diastolic is considered high blood pressure.

Ways to control blood pressure

There are eight main ways to control your blood pressure:

·         Eat a healthy diet, including reducing your salt
·         Exercise regularly
·         Maintain a healthy weight
·         Keep stress levels low
·         Do not smoke
·         Take medication as prescribed
·         Limit alcohol
·         Understand hot tub safety tips

How to stay healthy

·         Be informed: Knowing these healthy tips will help you be aware, and you can ask your doctor to be tested. If you have high blood pressure, you can start using the tips above to become healthier.

·         Reduce your risks: Use the tips above and the  knowledge you already have to live your healthiest lifestyle.

·         Take medication if it’s prescribed for you: If your blood pressure is high, your doctor may prescribe medication in addition to smart lifestyle choices.

·         Lower your risks: High blood pressure raises your risk of heart attack, heart failure, stroke, peripheral artery disease, and kidney disease. By working to reduce your blood pressure, or continuing to keep it low, you cut these risks significantly.

By staying healthy, you will not only feel better, but you will also lower your health insurance rates. In most cases, the healthier you are and the fewer medical issues you have, the lower your premiums will be for coverage.

You can save money on your health insurance by working with an insurance broker. Contact me to learn more, and we can discuss the best options for you. Learn more about your options for individual life insurance, group benefits, critical illness protection, and short and long term disability coverage by contacting me directly at 416-994-0892.
Posted: 5/13/2016 4:15:27 PM by Marianne Cipollone | with 0 comments
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