Disclaimer: Please discuss any blood pressure concerns with your physician.
So, you find yourself with high blood pressure? You are not alone. According to the CDC, nearly half of Americans have hypertension … and of interest to me was the map on their website that shows West Virginia is one of the states with the most dense population of individuals with high blood pressure.
Also, congratulations just for being on top of your health metrics enough to even know that you have high blood pressure. The CDC reports that 1 in 5 people are not even aware that they have this problem.
But is it really a problem? According to a database collected in 2019, more than half a million deaths that year reported hypertension as a primary or contributing factor. Half a million. Yikes.
What is so heartbreaking to me, is that I’m willing to bet that a large majority of those could have been prevented. First of all, if you have high blood pressure, you should be under a doctor’s care to control your hypertension with medication … but my goal as a health coach would be that through lifestyle interventions, you would be able to drop your blood pressure low enough that your doctor would be convinced to take you off of those medications.
According to the Mayo Clinic, lifestyle interventions that work include:
My favorite thing about lifestyle interventions like these is that they not only help to lower blood pressure, but also help lower cholesterol, help with better weight management, help lower blood sugars ... they are just overall good for your health!
What are you doing to support a healthy blood pressure?
Katie Kolb - Health Coach