High blood pressure is often referred to as the silent killer. It is an extremely dangerous condition that when left untreated, could lead to other severe health complications. Issues of the heart, kidneys, and eyes could occur if a person suffers from high blood pressure. It is imperative for seniors in a residential care center or living alone to seek the care of a physician to regulate high blood pressure.
There are a variety of approaches used to help regulate high blood pressure. Seniors can be prescribed medications. There are also suggested lifestyle changes that can help to improve or eliminate the condition. Consider the following strategies to help modify or decrease the risk of high blood pressure and other health conditions.
Stress can kill. It is highly common for seniors who endure a lot of stress to develop high blood pressure. It is primarily the onset of other unhealthy habits caused by stress that lead to the condition of high blood pressure. Seniors who endure stress may develop unhealthy habits such as making unhealthy eating choices, alcohol consumption, and smoking cigarettes or doing drugs. These stress-induced unhealthy habits that could lead to high blood pressure.
Decrease Salt Use
Salt can elevate blood pressure because it causes the body to develop excess fluid. It makes the heart pump harder. Seniors who live in a residential care center are on a modified salt intake diet. It helps to decrease the possibility of high blood pressure occurring. There are salt substitutes available for those in jeopardy of developing or living with high blood pressure. Natural additives are great flavor enhances that reduce or eliminate the need for salt.
Become More Active
Leading an active lifestyle or exercising more is a good way to control or prevent high blood pressure. It is highly recommended to help contribute to good health. Everyday activities such as walking, parking further away from the door, doing lawn work, or taking the stairs instead of the elevator are ideal for being more active.
Regulate Your Body Weight
Obesity or excessive weight can lead to high blood pressure. As you gain more weight, blood pressure levels elevate also. Excessive weight can disrupt breathing patterns, which causes the blood pressure to raise. Residential care centers ensure that seniors consume a well-balanced diet to decrease the possibility of weight gain. Leading an active lifestyle can also help to control body weight. Food containing saturated fats can lead to high blood pressure and additional weight gain. Avoid these foods as much as possible.
Broadview Residential Care Center encourages seniors to practice healthy lifestyle habits. Contact us to find out more about helping your senior loved one regulate their blood pressure.