World Hypertension Day 2022: Do not believe these things related to high blood pressure, know their reality
World Hypertension Day 2022: World Hypertension Day is observed every year on 17 May. High blood pressure is also called hypertension. It is a disease that is often taken lightly. Most people think that it is a common disease, which usually occurs in old age. However, this is not the case. High blood pressure can strike anyone at any time.
Often there are no early symptoms of high blood pressure. It is also called as the silent killer, so it is important to spread awareness about this disease so that people do not believe in the myths associated with it and make their lifestyle healthy.
Myths and truths about high blood pressure
Myth 1: High blood pressure is common and nothing to worry about.
fact: There is no doubt that high blood pressure is becoming more common these days, but remember that high blood pressure is a problem that requires immediate medical attention. If ignored, it can cause serious damage to vital organs such as the kidneys, heart and blood vessels. You may be surprised to know this but high blood pressure is also called slow killer, which can lead to high mortality and morbidity in patients.
Myth 2: It is impossible to prevent high blood pressure
fact: it is not true. Although high blood pressure is a lifestyle disease, it is preventable. To prevent high blood pressure, it is important for a person to maintain an appropriate weight and eat a balanced diet, which includes fresh fruits, vegetables, grains, pulses and legumes. Stay away from junk, spicy, oily and packaged foods. Keep the amount of salt low for yoga and meditation and relieve stress. Also abstain from smoking and alcohol.
Myth-3: High blood pressure is more common in the elderly
fact: It is believed that high blood pressure is more common in the elderly. There has been a lot of research that has shown that high blood pressure can happen to anyone and at any age. Young people with a poor lifestyle have a higher risk of developing high blood pressure.
Myth-4: If someone is taking blood pressure medicine, he/she need not worry about exercising and eating healthy.
fact: It’s not true at all. Whether you are suffering from any disease or not, you should follow a healthy lifestyle. Blood pressure cannot be controlled with lifestyle changes alone, so doctors may prescribe medication.
Myth-5: Medication is not needed if blood pressure levels are normal
fact: No, once your blood pressure level is correct, talk to your doctor and follow his advice. Once high blood pressure is present, it is not curable, and needs to be managed throughout life.