High blood pressure, which is also called hypertension, increases your risk of developing many serious health problems, including heart disease, stroke, and kidney disease. According to World Health Organisation (WHO) hypertension affects about eight million Nigerians. While you can’t always control whether you get high blood pressure, there are healthy lifestyle habits you can develop to help prevent, control hypertension and reduce your risk of high blood pressure-related health problems in the future.
Blood pressure is the force of blood against the arterial walls. Hypertension is the term used to refer to abnormally high blood pressure. You have high blood pressure, or hypertension, when your blood pressure is consistently at 149/90 millimeter of Mercury or higher. Normally the first number, or systolic pressure, should be less than 120 and the second number, or diastolic pressure, should be less than 80, though the value changes with age and sex. High blood pressure can be as a result of genetics (familial history), end organ diseases, stress, arteriosclerosis, body weight, exercise and diet. etc.
Soy-based food products have taken grocery store shelves by storm, and the benefits of soy are steadily beginning to emerge. Eating foods that contain isoflavones — a key compound in soy milk, tofu, green tea and even peanuts — every day may help young adults lower their blood pressure. Moreover, and for the first time, there appears to be a particular benefit for African Americans, who have hypertension prevalence rates near 42 percent, according to research presented March 25 at the American College of Cardiology’s 61st Annual Scientific Session.