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High blood pressure becomes one of the conditions that affect more and more people every year, and even though the real cause is usually hard to determine in general, the tempo of everyday life, stress at home and work (which can hardly be avoided even on daily basis), unhealthy food and lack of physical activity are the main culprits. The symptoms might not always be present, which makes it hard for some people to become aware of the presence of hypertension, but this is a reason more why blood pressure should be checked regularly. In some cases it can be controlled in natural ways, but very often medications need to be taken in order to keep it under control.

Reasons for high blood pressure

When it comes to causes of this problem, the fact is that it is practically impossible to determine it in the greatest majority of cases, and then it is termed as essential hypertension. As for the cases of hypertension in which the cause can be determined, then the person suffers from secondary hypertension. However, it does not mean that it is impossible to identify the factors that might have contributed to its development, because unhealthy diet, particularly the one that is rich in salt, plays a significant role. The same goes for some unhealthy habits such as smoking, physical inactivity, excessive consumption of alcohol (which means more than 2 drink a day) and obesity. If a problem of hypertension runs in the family, then the person is more likely to develop it as well, because genetics can also be one of the contributing factors.

Certain diseases such as, for instance, disorders of the thyroid or adrenal gland, diabetes, or chronic kidney disease can also result in increased blood pressure. Pregnancy is practically a natural condition for a woman, but it can also cause the blood pressure to rise, and the same goes for certain birth control pills. Aside from these factors, the age and race also play an important role, because according to statistical records, in the USA, African American people are much more likely to suffer from hypertension than white people, or more precisely, the risks double in their cases. The same goes for people who are older than 45.

Having all this in mind, it is easy to conclude that steps that can help in minimizing the chances of developing hypertension are very simple and they are practically based on healthy diet and healthy lifestyle

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