High Blood Pressure
When an individual’s blood pressure is high, it means the heart is working overtime to pump blood throughout the body. Not only does that put a strain on the heart and blood vessels, but it increases the risk of damage to the heart, kidneys, eyes and other organs, as well as upping the possibility of a heart attack or stroke. Since high blood pressure has no obvious symptoms, millions can have it for years without knowing their levels are too high. “Family history and obesity are two of the leading causes of high blood pressure, says Dr. Polsley. To decrease your risk of developing the disease, stay at a healthy weight, eat fewer processed foods high in sodium (frozen dinners, potato chips, bacon), don’t smoke, and reduce stress (to relax, try meditation, prayer, deep breathing, listening to music). Talk to a doctor about what lifestyle changes are best for you.