Thursday, June 14, 2012

Every Thursday with Good Health

"Every Thursday" will feature people of creativity and/or ideas of leadership throughout their work.

For the past few weeks my energy level was affected by hypertension. Between April and May I was traveled aboard, barely getting any sleep even upon returning home - so "exhaustion" kicked in. I'm not really a soda pop drinking person, at the same time I was avoiding drinking water, so "dehydration" also kicked In! Hypertension, Exhaustion and Fatigue all at once. Now, I forced myself to think about the following...

Facts about High Blood Pressure
  • About 1 in 3 U.S. adults—an estimated 68 million—has high blood pressure.2
  • High blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease, stroke, congestive heart failure, and kidney disease.
  • High blood pressure was listed as a primary or contributing cause of death for more than 347,000 Americans in 2008.3
  • In 2010, high blood pressure was projected to cost the United States $93.5 billion in health care services, medications, and missed days of work.4
  • About 1 in 2 U.S. adults with high blood pressure has it under control.2
  • Almost 30% of American adults have prehypertension—blood pressure numbers that are higher than normal, but not yet in the high blood pressure range.3 Prehypertension raises your risk for high blood pressure.

Levels Vary by Age

Women are about as likely as men to develop high blood pressure during their lifetimes. However, for people under 45 years old, the condition affects more men than women. For people 65 years and older, it affects more women than men.CDC
Age Men (%) Women (%)
20-34 11.1 6.8
35-44 25.1 19.0
45-54 37.1 35.2
55-64 54.0 53.3
65-74 64.0 69.3
75 and older 66.7 78.5
All 34.1 32.7

Levels Vary by Race and Ethnicity

African Americans develop high blood pressure more often, and at an earlier age, than whites and Mexican Americans do. Among African Americans, more women than men have the condition.CDC
Race of Ethnic 
Men (%) Women (%)
African Americans 43.0 45.7
Mexican Americans 27.8 28.9
Whites 33.9 31.3
All 34.1 32.7

These stats are a copy and paste from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website. A lot of us are walking time bombs waiting to explode and awaken the ills of kidney failure, heart disease and in some cases embrace Death. Presenting these facts are very necessary, so Go See a Doctor ASAP!

Our fast pace lifestyles needs more discipline, when it comes down to our health. Most companies do not want and would not admit it, but they are over-working Americans. An over-worked person tends to rush to work and rush home, leaving no time for sustainability of self. We must take and balance our time around exercise, better living and healthier eating.

There are many instructional videos online regrading healthier eating. I found this one really helpful, with other videos in association for a complete overview.

Bottom line help yourself to improve your busy lifestyle. Let's change the way we eat and live. Every Thursday and Everyday, let's contemplate a change to avoid Hypertension, Kidney Failure, Diabetes and more.

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing such wonderful information for maintain good health. In busy scheduled working life it becomes quite typical to maintain good health. But this blog will make you aware of common things which we neglect, after some time they become stubborn for our health. Same, blood pressure is very common problem, large number of people suffers from such, and this blog will really help in overcoming from such.
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