Today, April 7th is World Health Day. The 7th of April is the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1948. Every year a health theme is chosen which represents a global public health concern that affects the entire world. This year it is hypertension (high blood pressure). The statistics are staggering with 1 in 3 adults affected world-wide.
The risk of developing high blood pressure can be reduced by:
reducing salt intake;
eating a balanced diet;
avoiding harmful use of alcohol;
taking regular physical activity;
maintaining a healthy body weight; and
avoiding tobacco use.
High blood pressure can lead to other health issues/concerns like heart attacks, strokes, and kidney failure. High blood pressure is also known as the ‘silent killer’; without regular monitoring of blood pressure by a health professional it can go unnoticed. Stress, lifestyle, and genetics can play a part as well.
Have you had your blood pressure taken lately?
Written by Victoria Brewster, MSW
SJS Staff Writer in Canada
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