The effects of high blood pressure, if not controlled, can be considerable. It is estimated that as many as a third of adults in the western world have elevated blood pressure, with that figure rising to nearly threequarters of the population over the age of 75.
Having hypertension dramatically increases the risk of cardiovascular problems such as angina, strokes, heart attack, heart failure. Kidney damage/failure, and sight impairment, up to and including blindness.
The figures do not make comfortable reading. People with uncontrolled high blood pressure are three times more likely to develop heart disease, six times more likely to have congestive heart failure, and seven times more likely to have a stroke.
Current medical thinking now links hypertension with some forms of dementia and cognitive impairment. Due to blood flow to the brain being blocked by arterial damage caused by high blood pressure.
It is thought that having untreated high blood pressure in middle age, whilst not causing any outward symptoms at the time, increases the risk of dementia later in life.
The normal blood pressure for men is 120/80, within a point or two. A great incentive to get to and sustain this figure, is the likelihood of erectile dysfunction caused by high blood pressure.
The resulting atheriosclerosis and decreased bloodflow to the penis making it difficult to get and maintain an erection.
As if that lot wasn’t enough, blood pressure is a known cause of osteoporosis (loss of bone density) by means of leaching excessive amounts of calcium into the urine, which is then eliminated. The resulting brittle bones are then easily fractured or broken,
How about this little catch-22, courtesy of elevated blood pressure. Sleep apnea occurs in over 50% of sufferers, giving rise to the medical profession now thinking that hypertension is a cause. Also, lack of proper sleep due to sleep apnea can cause high blood pressure.
All in all more than enough reasons to check it out, and if you don’t have normal blood pressure (around 120/80) find a method of lowering it that works for you.