High blood pressure, a “silent killer” ignored in young adults

The ignorance of the disease often goes unnoticed, leading to health conditions in young adults.

However, leaving the disease untreated can have real consequences.

Hypertension is common in Nigeria, about 1 in 3 adults are affected; totalling about 80 million of the entire population.

Growing older and being obese are two factors that are often related to the high rate of the disease.

Medical professionals do not underestimate the dangers that this health condition could bring about

However, despite how vigilant doctors are in treating the condition in middle-aged and older individuals, this isn’t always the case with younger people.

Researchers have recently concluded young people with this condition are at risk for future artery stiffening, which is linked to increased stroke risk, as well as damage to the kidneys and brain.

High blood pressure in young adults, particularly ISH, is often regarded as an anomaly that would correct itself later on as they get older.

It’s even seen as a sign of a strong heart since it is sometimes found in young( University) athletes.

Normal blood pressure readings should be 120 (systolic) / 80 (diastolic).

Hypertension is any reading of 140/90 or higher.

In the case of ISH, only the top (systolic) number is high, while the lower number is within a normal range.

Young people with elevated blood pressure even those with only a high systolic number, but normal diastolic number may have an abnormally stiff aorta, which should not be ignored.

A couple of lifestyle changes that can help

Hypertension is a highly treatable health condition, through a bunch of medications and lifestyle changes.

Adjusting your diet, eating more vegetables and fruits and exercising regularly are the two most effective ways to lower blood pressure.

At least 30 minutes of aerobic activities and at least five days in a week, also cutting back on your salt intake will significantly reduce blood pressure.

Experts say leaving the condition untreated in young adults can no longer remain the standard of care.

Young adults need to stay aware of the dangers of ignoring this health condition and continue to lead a healthy lifestyle,

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