Diagnosed With Hypertension And Not Ready To Die

Just because you have been diagnosed with hypertension doesn't mean your life is over. Your heart can be fixed as long as you take drastic measures to change your life, eating habits and your physical activity.

Perhaps one of the most under-diagnosed, yet among the most potentially deadly maladies of this age is hypertension. Stage I hypertension is said to exist when blood pressure readings of 140-159/90-99 occur. Stage II hypertension occurs with readings of 160/100 (and above). A normal blood pressure is 120/80 or lower.

High blood pressure often occurs without symptoms, but left untreated can lead to stroke, heart attack, hardening of the arteries, kidney failure, aneurysm or fatality. Risk factors include being overweight, sedentary, smoker, over 35, on birth control pills and a family history of hypertension. Although these risk factors are associated with the development of hypertension, not all individuals with them become hypertensive. High blood pressure causes the heart to work harder and it may cause damage to internal organs.

Researchers note that exercise in addition to maintaining a healthy weight also helps to cause the buildup of nitric oxide. Surprisingly nitric oxide promotes vasodilation, resulting in lowered blood pressure and stress on the heart. Nitric oxide is produced by the endothelial cells inside of the blood vessels. Its presence increases when more blood is pumped through the vessels as the result of exercise. Hence, exercise may have a direct effect on blood pressure by promoting vasodilation. Nutrition is critical. Low glycemic foods, as well as those low in unhealthy fats and high in fiber can support health and keep blood pressure within normal limits.

Because there are so many available options for exercise, it may seem difficult to choose the best program to support healthy blood pressure. Experts believe that any kind of exercise, whether a formal workout program or simply attending to household chores provide these health benefits. However, if a plan is available that can address the nutritional aspects of a healthy weight and blood pressure, as well as an effective workout regimen, should that not be the optimal choice?

Kathy Smith, renowned fitness expert, has developed a new program that is targeted to the needs of folks with diabetes. However, the principles she used to support diabetic patients may also be applied to the needs of people with hypertension. In fact, many individuals with type-2 diabetes also have elevated blood pressure. Therefore, utilizing a program that addresses both conditions is a good, common sense approach. In her You! Type-2 program, Smith combines nutritional support with effective workouts to promote overall wellness. Aerobic and strength training exercises work the heart, pump the blood through the veins and arteries and build muscle mass. Low glycemic level food suggestions in easy to follow meal plans complement the health-promoting effects of the workouts. Kathy’s You! Type 2 program is an effective, practical one-stop resource for both hypertensive and diabetic folks.

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