As the baby boomers age (gracefully I may add), they may unexpectedly face new medical challenges. For example, poor diet, lack of exercise, and stress can lead to cardiac problems. Likewise, years of uncontrolled high blood pressure can lead to heart attack or stroke.
High blood pressure affects over a quarter of American adults, so let’s discuss it further. The higher your blood pressure the harder it is for your heart to pump blood through your arteries. Often called “the silent killer” because there are often no symptoms or warning signs, increased blood pressure can lead to arterial deposits and inflammation that can spell future cardiovascular trouble.
Fortunately, you can help naturally manage your blood pressure through regular exercise, proper diet, adequate sleep, and an overall healthy lifestyle. No one can eat perfectly all the time, so don’t try to. But a diet consisting of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and low-fat dairy is an easy way to keep out of the doctor’s office.
Regarding exercise, have fun and pick an activity you enjoy. Now that the weather is nice, try an outdoor activity. Walk, ride your bike or play tennis. Make some form of physical exercise a daily habit, even if it’s just an after dinner walk. You will notice a difference in the way you feel. Of course, always check with your doctor to be sure your level of activity is appropriate for you. Though there are several medicines that can help you control your blood pressure, a healthy lifestyle is a goal worth working towards and certainly is a preferred method over prescription drugs. As we age gracefully, our happiness can only increase if we are active and disease-free.
By the way, did you know that May 6-12 is National Nurses Week! Don’t forget to hug your favorite nurse!