Updated: Jun 10
According to recent reports, and cited by the WHO, approximately 25% of Indian adults have hypertension, more than 3/4th of whom, do not have their blood pressure under control. Globally less than 1 in 5 have their hypertension under control.
What is Blood Pressure?
It has 2 components.
Systolic pressure is the top number. It represents the pressure the heart generates when it beats to pump blood to the rest of the body.
Diastolic pressure is the bottom number. It refers to the pressure in the blood vessels between heartbeats.
What's the upper acceptable limit of Blood Pressure?
130/80 mm Hg
What is Hypertension?
Anything beyond 130/80 is considered hypertension according to the latest guidelines
What causes Hypertension?
Hypertension is multifactorial. The causes range from genetics, to poor lifestyle. While a genetic predisposition doesn't mean you will necessarily develop hypertension, a poor lifestyle is very likely to result in raised blood pressure.
What are the complications of Hypertension?
Chronic hypertension can affect many organs of the body leading to can lead to heart disease, brain stroke, kidney disease, retinopathy, and even cognitive decline including dementia.
How is Hypertension treated?
Hypertension is commonly managed by anti-hypertensive medications, and while these are necessary in many cases of hypertension, they do nothing to address the root cause.
On the other hand, lifestyle modifications work on the root cause and are a MUST for everyone. They can bring down your blood pressure, reduce the progression of the disease as well as reduce the associated complications and the need for additional blood pressure-lowering medication.
What can you do about it?
Try the 6-pillar approach to bringing down your blood pressure
Certain diets like the DASH diet and Mediterranean diet have been shown to reduce blood pressure in hypertensives.
Our recommendations :
Whole-food -plant-based diet, customized to your palate and culture, which can offer similar benefits, if not more.
Cut down on
SALT: Salt is present