Many factors can contribute to developing high blood pressure. Some common factors that increase your chances of developing high blood pressure are:
AGE, FAMILY HISTORY, RACE, OVERWEIGHT/OBESITY, DIET, NOT EXERCISING, TOO MUCH ALCOHOL
AGE- Are you over the age of 35?
As age increases, so does your risk for having high blood pressure. Adults over the age of 35 are at a higher risk for having high blood pressure than adults under the age of 35.
Men under the age of 65 are more likely to have high blood pressure than women under the age of 65—however women over the age of 65 are more likely to have high blood pressure than men over the age of 65.
FAMILY HISTORY- Does your mother, father, sibling have high blood pressure?
If either your mother or father had high blood pressure, you may have an increased chance of developing high blood pressure. Problems with blood pressure may be passed through your family genes. It is important that you check your blood pressure if a blood relative has or has had high blood pressure.
RACE- Are you African American or Hispanic?
African Americans have a higher risk of having high blood pressure, have higher blood pressure numbers, and develop it at an earlier age than other racial groups. Hispanic Americans are least likely to have their blood pressure controlled.
OBESITY OR BEING OVERWEIGHT- Are you overweight or obese?
Being overweight or obese does not only affects your ability to move and appearance but it is also dangerous for your health. If you are obese or overweight, you have a higher chance for having high blood pressure.
Are you overweight or obese? BMI Calculator
What the BMI Score means: Your Body Mass Index score should be a number between 19-40+.
To understand what your score means please look at the table below.
DIET- Do you eat foods high in fat and cholesterol? Do you eat enough vegetables?
Your diet or the food you eat regularly has a big impact on your health. Like the gas the makes a car run, the food you eat keeps you moving and living. If you eat foods that are too high in fat (French fries) or too high in sugar (candy, sugared drinks), your body will have a hard time processing it and you can gain excess weight.
Eating vegetables every day is good for your body because it provides needed vitamins, minerals, and fiber that help lower blood pressure. If you daily diet includes foods that are high in fat and cholesterol and low in vitamins, minerals, and fiber, you are putting yourself at an increased risk for high blood pressure
Not consuming enough potassium:
Too much sodium consumption
NOT ENOUGH PHYSICAL ACTIVITY- Do you exercise? We mean really exercise…
Exercising at least 30 minutes per day on most days of the week is helpful in keeping your blood pressure in control. If you do not exercise, you increase your risk of being overweight and unhealthy, and also increase your chance of having high blood pressure.
Daily activities you do during your job or chores are not sufficient forms of exercise.
DRINKING TOO MUCH ALCOHOL- Do you drink more than 2 servings of an alcoholic beverage per day?
If you drink more than 2 alcoholic drinks per day, you are increasing your chance of having high blood pressure.
Men should not drink more than 1 ounce of alcohol per day
Women should not drink more than ½ an ounce of alcohol per day
SMOKING- Do you smoke?
We all know that smoking is bad for your lungs, makes you age, and increases your chances for developing some form of cancer. If you smoke you are also increasing your chances of having high blood pressure.
DIABETES, Kidney Disease- Do you have diabetes and/or Kidney Disease?
What is your risk—calculator—(trying to obtain code for calculator)