10th January 2023
High blood pressure is the biggest known cause of heart disease and stroke in the UK, both of which can cause serious illness, disability and even premature death. South Asian people in the UK are at much higher risk of dying from heart disease or stroke, meaning that controlling your blood pressure can really help to lower risks of serious health problems. The good news is, for those of South Asian descent, there are some simple ways that high blood pressure can be prevented – such as reducing your salt intake.
When your heart beats, it pumps blood around your body to give it the energy and oxygen it needs. As the blood moves, it pushes against the sides of your blood vessels. The strength of this pushing is your blood pressure. Blood pressure is expressed as two numbers:
Blood pressure is measured in ‘millimetres of mercury’ (mmHg) and when your blood pressure is measured, it will be written as two numbers with systolic pressure ‘above’ diastolic pressure – for example. 120/80 mmHg or ‘120 over 80’.
Blood pressure is usually not something you feel and the only way to know what your blood pressure is, is to have it measured. So, the next time you have your blood pressure measured, ask what your numbers are and if they are high, make small lifestyle changes that may have a big benefit – such as reducing your salt intake.
Consuming too much salt raises your blood pressure. A high-salt diet disrupts the natural sodium balance in the body. This in turn causes the body to retain water, which increases the pressure of the pushing of blood against the vessel walls and therefore, increasing your blood pressure.
Adults should eat less than 6 grams (about one teaspoon) of salt a day, but most of us eat much more than this. But the good news is, it’s never too late to cut down on salt, and it’s probably easier than many may think…
There are a number of other risk factors for heart disease and stroke, that people of South Asian origin are at higher risk of – such as diabetes and high cholesterol – so it makes even more sense to control your blood pressure, as it helps your heart and body in more ways than one.
Your blood pressure is very important, no matter your age. Making little changes today, can prevent future issues, and will keep you in good habits. Just remember, it’s never too late to take action to lower your blood pressure. Even small changes can make a big difference, so why not make a start today?
For further information, visit https://www.bloodpressureuk.org/.
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