Being overweight can cause serious long-term health issues, and the statistics of obesity in the United States are staggering.
More than 70 million people are considered obese, and 72% of adults over the age of twenty are considered overweight.
Obesity and unhealthy weight gain can lead to the following:
• High blood pressure (hypertension)
• Sleep apnea
• Musculoskeletal disorders
• High Cholesterol
• Heart disease
Since May is High Blood Pressure Awareness Month, we’re shedding light on the health risks of hypertension associated with being overweight.
High blood pressure has little to no symptoms and is often referred to as the silent killer. High blood pressure can lead to stroke, heart disease, and sudden cardiac arrest. It’s imperative to check your blood pressure regularly and ask yourself. How has my blood pressure changed, and what does that mean? Typically, the systolic blood pressure (top number) rises with age, while the diastolic blood pressure (bottom number) tends to fall. Blood pressure can increase due to several factors, the most common include, age-related hormonal imbalance, high salt intake, drinking alcohol, tobacco use, and narrowing in the arterial and vascular system due to plaque (atherosclerosis).
Due to age, even those on blood pressure medication can still see increases in their systolic pressure. However, most individuals can lower their blood pressure through exercise, weight loss, healthy eating, and abstinence from tobacco.
Symptoms of Hypertension
• Lightheaded or Fainting
• Blood Loss
• Thumping in ears
• Shortness of Breath
The American Heart Association has changed its guidelines for blood pressure. Essentially, 120/80 is considered normal. Anything under those numbers is primarily healthy (but not too low), and anything over is borderline high to dangerously high. When the pressure gets too high, having a stoke, even at a younger age is not uncommon.
What Can You Do?
It’s critical to get serious about weight loss. If you make the decision to lose weight, your health will inevitably improve. Many people that change their diet and add exercise into their lifestyle can lower their blood pressure naturally and significantly reduce their risk of heart disease, stroke, and other adverse conditions. Losing weight can also help regulate and balance hormones, and you will look and feel better and have more energy and confidence.
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