Hello. This is Hypertension Prevention Tuesdays! Today, we’ll talk about normal blood pressure for men. Because both men and women have a tendency to suffer from high blood pressure, it certainly makes a lot of sense to find out more about how to keep blood pressure under control. Not only are there an estimated over 65 million+ Americans suffering from high blood pressure, but millions more are at risk of joining these ranks. In fact, more than 50% of Americans aged 60 or above have high blood pressure and the risk of developing high blood pressure for a normal American male is about 90%.
When it concerns finding out what normal blood pressure for men is, the first thing that you need to understand is that as you age the chances of developing a blood pressure condition rises. In fact, it may be difficult to maintain normal blood pressure for some men as they approach their mid-forties. As one ages, blood pressure tends to rise. African-American males tend to develop high blood pressure at younger ages.
Obesity and family history of high blood pressure are also risk factors for high blood pressure. Whats more, high blood pressure in both men and women is a serious condition that can develop and affect you for many years before you even become aware that you have a problem. In fact, an estimated one third of Americans suffer from high blood pressure without knowing about the problem.
The good news is that it is possible to maintain normal blood pressure for men by taking a few preventive actions. Eating a whole-foods, plant-based diet that is low in salt, being physically active, decreasing alcohol consumption, and quitting smoking if you smoke can decrease your chances of getting high blood pressure. With these precautionary measures it is possible to maintain normal blood pressure, which is considered to be anything below 120/80.
Prehypertension is defined as a systolic reading between 120 and 129 and a diastolic reading lower than 80.
Systolic readings refer to when the heart beats while diastolic readings refer to a resting heart.
Hypertension is defined as blood pressure of 130/80 or higher.
It is also necessary to understand normal blood pressure for women. In fact, women in their mid-fifties will generally have a higher risk of developing high blood pressure as compared to their male counterparts. This is why keeping a close tab on their blood pressure levels is very necessary.
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I’m excited to talk about this topic today because not only do I truly believe that you have the power to reverse heart disease and lower high blood pressure to improve your health, but the science also agrees! You can adopt healthy lifestyle practices that improve your health and enrich your life, which can in turn improve the lives of those close to you. You have the power to break the cycle of these chronic diseases so that you can leave a legacy of health to your loved ones.
As you may already know, I use lifestyle medicine as the first line of treatment, before medications, to treat lifestyle-related chronic diseases. Lifestyle-related chronic diseases include diabetes, hypertension, obesity, and some cancers, just to name a few. Lifestyle practices, such as eating a whole-food plant-based diet and regular physical activity, can help you improve blood pressure and reverse heart disease. In certain cases, these approaches may even outperform pharmaceutical therapy. But I always tell my patients that conventional medications may be appropriate at this time to prevent catastrophic illness, but over time, you can work to make the necessary lifestyle changes to possibly reduce and/or eliminate medications. Please remember to always consult your physician for your particular needs and circumstances prior to making any decisions whatsoever.
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Since weight management is very important in blood pressure control, I recommend that you be mindful of your weight and its fluctuations, and that you monitor your weight AT LEAST on a weekly basis. I recommend a scale that includes a body composition monitor.
Remember, healthy lifestyle behaviors–like eating a whole-foods plant-based diet that is low in sodium, being physically active, and stress management are the best ways to prevent and control high blood pressure. Please talk with your doctor about any complementary health approaches, including supplements, you use.
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