Risks of High Blood Pressure for Seniors
It's never too late to make lifestyle changes that can reduce high blood pressure to improve overall health! Keep active and eat healthy foods.
A large number of people in Canada, and throughout the rest of the world experience high blood pressure, known as Hypertension, and they must learn to navigate the challenges that come along with the condition.
It is a broadly accepted fact that living a healthy lifestyle can help to minimize a person’s risk of developing hypertension, but the truth is that a great majority of people do not feel the urgency or significance of integrating healthy behaviours and making healthy choices until they themselves start to experience the symptoms of hypertension. At this point, it is less a matter of prevention and more a matter of managing the already present consequences that hypertension can have.
For seniors dealing with hypertension, the fact that high blood pressure impacts multiple processes within the body means that the overall state of health and wellbeing that seniors experience can be threatened in notable ways. It is, therefore, important to build an awareness of the possible implications of hypertension, and to make healthy choices that can help support seniors’ best state of health.
Risks of High Blood Pressure
People with high blood pressure are at a higher risk of experiencing:
• Heart Failure
• Significant Damage to the Arteries
• Heart Attack
• Chronic Kidney Disease
Incorporating healthy lifestyle practices into everyday life is considered the best approach to decreasing the chances of developing hypertension. Seniors who are committed to participating in health-promoting behaviours have a meaningful opportunity to notably reduce their chances of developing high blood pressure, thus minimizing their chances of experiencing the associated risks.
• Diet: Reducing consumption of processed junk foods, and adhering to a diet largely made up of healthy and nutritious fruits and vegetables is beneficial for seniors’ overall health. Monitoring sodium intake is also important when it comes to blood pressure, and seniors’ daily intake should remain at 1300mg or less (1200mg for seniors over 70), this includes the sodium that exists within processed or prepared foods, not just the salt added onto meals at the table.
Healthy Meals play a large role in reducing high blood pressure
• Choosing Healthy Behaviours: The upholding of a healthy lifestyle should extend to all areas of life, and intentionally deciding to steer clear of behaviours that can put health at risk is an important part of trying to prevent the development of hypertension. Seniors should manage their consumption of alcohol and cease smoking entirely in order to keep themselves healthy for as long as possible.
• Managing Weight: Seniors should maintain an awareness of the features of their health that can be altered by changes in weight, and should consult with a healthcare professional to ensure their weight is within the healthy range.
• Movement: Incorporating movement or exercise into seniors’ daily routines at a manageable and sustainable level is beneficial for their overall health. When combined with a healthy diet, exercise can make a meaningful difference in protecting against the development of high blood pressure.
Walking and other exercise lowers the risk of high blood pressure
It is never too late to start making healthier choices that can help to protect seniors against high blood pressure, or manage it once it is already a part of their lives. Conscious choices made by seniors relating to their diet, exercise routines, and other health-promoting behaviours can help to reduce the chances or consequences of high blood pressure and can allow Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge’s seniors to maintain a better state of health and overall wellbeing.
Contact us today at 519-208-2000 for a Free Nurse Consultation to find out how our Home Care Services in Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge can help you or a loved one manage and monitor high blood pressure.