High Blood Pressure

Weight Loss CAN help with Blood Pressure! The Soza Clinic is an All Natural and weight loss program. High blood pressure, also called hypertension, is a major risk factor for heart disease, kidney disease, stroke, and heart failure.

What Blood Pressure Is Considered Too High?
A blood pressure of 140/90 or higher is considered high. This is called hypertension. A blood pressure between 120/80 and 139/89 is called prehypertension. This means that you do not have hypertension, but you are likely to develop it in the future unless you adopt lifestyle changes to keep your blood pressure under control.

How Is Blood Pressure Related to Weight?
As your body weight increases, your blood pressure can rise. In fact, being overweight can make you more likely to develop high blood pressure than if you are at your desirable weight. More than 60% of adults in the United States are overweight. You can reduce your risk of high blood pressure by losing weight. Even small amounts of weight loss can make a big difference in helping to prevent and treat high blood pressure.

Can Caffeine Affect my Blood Pressure?

The caffeine in drinks like coffee, tea, and sodas may cause blood pressure to go up, but only temporarily. In a short time your blood pressure will go back down. Unless you are sensitive to caffeine and your blood pressure does not go down, you do not have to limit caffeine to avoid developing high blood pressure.

Can Stress Affect Blood Pressure?
Yes. Stress can make blood pressure go up for a while and over time may contribute to the cause of high blood pressure. There are many steps you can take to reduce your stress. The article on easing stress will get you started

If you’re overweight, losing even 5 pounds (2.3 kilograms) can lower your blood pressure. As you slim down, it may be possible to reduce your dose of blood pressure medication — or stop taking your blood pressure medication completely. Don’t make changes to your blood pressure medication on your own, however. Do so only after getting your doctor’s OK.

Remember, high blood pressure isn’t a problem you can treat and then ignore. Even if you’re able to stop taking blood pressure medication, it’s still important to maintain healthy habits.

Weight gain was associated with increased risk of developing hypertension. The relative risks of hypertension in women who gained 10-22 pounds and those that gained over 55 pounds were 1.7 and 5.2, respectively. In other words, women that gained more than 55 pounds were three times as likely to become hypertensive as women who had gained less weight.

On the other hand, weight-loss can lead to a significant drop in blood pressure. One study showed that in a four year follow-up of 181 overweight hypertensive clients, a 10 percent weight-loss produced an average of a 4.3/3.8 mmHg fall in blood pressure.

Obese clients have other significant health risks, and clients with abdominal (central or upper body) obesity are at the greatest risk. Heart disease risk increases if a person has excess abdominal fat, high blood pressure, high levels of cholesterol in the blood, heart disease, a strong family history of diabetes, is a male or was obese before age 40.

The most important issue to remember is that obesity is associated with hypertension, and hypertension is associated with numerous other diseases that can affect overall health and life expectancy. Anti-hypertension medications should be started if hypertension is diagnosed. But, with weight-loss, a significant fall in blood pressure may permit a decrease in the number of medications taken or decrease the amount of medication taken. Prevention would be better than any drug.

Even modest weight loss (say, 5% to 10% of your current heft) is effective at lowering blood pressure for those who have high blood pressure or prehypertension. But the way you lose the weight may matter.

References…
www.webmd.com
www.mayoclinic.com
www.livestrong.com