What am I talking about? I am talking about your blood pressure. A few days ago I went to doctor (for one reason) and walked out with “stage 1” hypertension. How can that be? I take exercise at least thrice a week. Save for the occasional lapses in diet, I do not consume copious amounts of salt, fried foods (although, I am a whore for southern fried chicken cooked by my mom.) Yeah, yeah I know, “give up the fags.” I am making every effort to quit. It just doesn’t work…yet. I’ve tried cold turkey. I’ve tried hypnosis. I am addicted to nicotine. But we digress… Go to your healthcare pro and have your blood pressure checked. I guess I am fortunate, I am able to make more modifications in diet and behaviour to prevent damage to my internal organs (kidneys, heart, “ex chet ta ra”) hehehehehe.
Here are a few numbers to know. The normal level for blood pressure is 120/80. The 120 = the systolic measurement. That is the peak pressure in the arteries. The 80= the diastolic measurement. That is the minimum pressure in the arteries. BP between 120/80 and 139/89 is considered prehypertension and a BP of 140/90 or above is considered hypertension.
Finally, about 33% of people DO NOT know that they have HBP. Do you know your numbers? Schedule an appointment with your healthcare provider.
peace and long life