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How Being Overweight Increases the Risk of Hypertension

Mar 26, 2008
It's a sad statistic - depending on the study, anywhere from a quarter to one-half of all Americans today are overweight. It's not just the adults - almost 14% of all children carry more weight than they should, a sharp increase from barely 5% only a few decades ago.

Experts have agreed that this is so because people nowadays are exercising less than before. Also, the wrong kinds of food are finding their way into the kitchens of american families who are becoming more affluent.

And while most schools require credits in Physical Education or JROTC for graduation, the growing number of overweight children tells us that these programs aren't doing as well as we hope.

It's a well-known fact that the risk of hypertension is directy related to one's weight. If more weight is being carried by the body, more work is being done by the heart to counteract it. As time passes, the heart grows larger and weaker.

Hardening of the arteries may also happen, which impedes the blood from circulating around the body.

A Blood pressure reading of over 120/80 mm Hg is an indication of hypertension. An individual with hypertension is more likely to suffer heart attacks, strokes, kidney failure, dementia, blindness, and impotence.

There have been studies saying that people who are overweight have a higher risk of getting high blood pressure - up to three times more likely - than those who are not.

Conventional hypertension treatments, such as medical therapies to suggestions on how to exercise and eat healthier, are a dime a dozen. But as I've mentioned in a previous post, no one really makes use of these treatments.

Many would frown at the prohibitive prices of some of these treatments, while others would much rather do without the side effects.

How about a moderate reduction of weight through exercise? The popular (and most likely honest) reply would be, "I'm too lazy." Others would argue "I don't have time to exercise," which, although valid, is probably just the professionally acceptable way of saying, "I'm too lazy."

So what's the deal?

I've tried some of the treatments mentioned above, like exercise, weight reduction, and healthier diet, and have found that they are effective in lowering blood pressure. Significant improvements can be seen even with just a 10-pound reduction in body weight.

Still, not all of us are willing to part with the little joys in life. That's where my Natural Blood Pressure Exercise Program comes in.

With the program, you don't need long hours or extensive physical activities. You don't even need to lose weight. What is does is it effectively lowers blood pressure by relieving the body of nerve tension and emotional stress.

It only requires you to dedicate a few minutes each week to do the exercises.

These exercises helped me control my hypertension better than any other treatment I've tried before. The link to the program can be found on the upper-right-hand side of this website.

By doing the exercises, not only will you lower your blood pressure, you may even shed a few pounds. Not bad right?
About the Author
Christian Goodman is a natural health researcher and the author of several health manuals. Two of those manuals are his Hypertension No More program and a unique method to lose weight called Weight Loss Breeze Program.
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