High blood pressure - The Silent Killer

Are you overweight, tired, feeling dizzy? You may be suffering from high blood pressure.

High blood pressure or hypertension is closely linked to diabetes, raised cholesterol and even gout. The world is moving in a direction of healthier lifestyle to try and combat these chronic lifestyle diseases. Even the latest Sugar Tax is a sign of moves to raising awareness of foods that are not good for our health. Obesity is linked many illnesses including high blood pressure.

Why is high blood pressure dangerous?

The constant high pressure causes structural changes in the organs involved in whats called the cardio vascular system - the heart and the blood vessels - which then predispose us to developing the health complications such as stroke and heart disease

Dr Darren Green

Some hypertension is genetic and will occur even if you are skinny and fit. But for many it is linked to unhealthy lifestyle, being overweight, lack of exercise and high levels of stress.

Dr Green says it can be managed and even cured.

We always popping pills like smarties everyday, and a lot of it can be reduced considerably by lifestyle changes.

Dr Darren Green

Dr Green answers listeners questions and gives advice on how to reduce stress, manage weight and do the right kind of exercise to increase your heart rate to 80% of its maximal rate for about 15 minutes. This will lower your blood pressure in the long term and enable sufferers to reduce and eventually go off medication.

A healthy blood pressure level is below 120/80 mmHg.

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