The lifestyle of developed countries, which generates stress and promotes excess weight and even obesity, is also the cause of hypertension, a disease that previously appeared around 65 years, has increased its incidence significantly among the younger population.
Experts warn, moreover, that this is happening in some developing countries whose population has adopted the Western way of life; that is, an imbalance between calorie intake and energy consumption, due both to the inadequate diet and to the lack of physical activity.
About 60% of hypertensive patients have not properly controlled the disease
In Spain, more than a third of the population (34%) suffer from high blood pressure, and the incidence of this disease rises to 67% among people over 65 years of age. In addition, it is a silent pathology because it usually does not present symptoms, unless the figures are triggered to exceed 170 maximum and 100 minimum. Therefore, specialists advise checking blood pressure periodically, especially after 40 years of age or if there is a family history of hypertension.
About 60% of hypertensive patients do not have the disease properly controlled, and this can have serious repercussions for their health because high blood pressure favors the development of cardiovascular diseases and other complications, such as renal failure. For this reason, on World Day of Hypertension, which is celebrated on Thursday, May 17, health professionals recommend controlling the risk factors of this disease, such as overweight and sedentary lifestyle, and reduce the amount of salt in meals, as well as the intake of alcohol.
Patients diagnosed, meanwhile, should take the medication indicated by their doctor, and not abandon or change the treatment without first consulting with it. In your case, in addition, it is especially important to follow a balanced diet low in salt, exercise regularly and avoid excess weight.