If something doesn’t directly impact us, we typically don’t give it much thought. This rings true for many medical conditions, and high blood pressure is no exception. However, high blood pressure is a serious health condition that affects more and more Americans each year. In fact, one in every three Americans has high blood pressure — that’s approximately 65 million people. Many of these people don’t even realize they have high blood pressure, allowing the disease to cause damage and spiral out of control. Don’t let high blood pressure get the best of you, protect you and your loved ones from the effects of high blood pressure and see a provider at Men’s Vitality Center today.

What Is High Blood Pressure?

Blood pumping through your veins and circulatory system is under pressure, much like the oil pumping through your car’s engine and hoses. Just like too much oil pressure can seriously damage your engine, high blood pressure makes your heart work overtime to pump blood throughout your body. This can lead to a wide range of health problems that have serious, long-term repercussions.

What Causes High Blood Pressure?

Diet is one of the most important factors when it comes to high blood pressure. Too little potassium, too much salt, and regularly drinking alcohol are three of the most common culprits. Too much stress, too little physical activity, and genetics are also factors. High blood pressure runs in families, so please bring as much information about your family’s health history as you can to our office. In some cases, high blood pressure can also be caused by medications or underlying illnesses. No matter what’s causing your high blood pressure, our physicians will work to help you find an effective solution that lowers your risk of serious complications.

High Blood Pressure Treatment

High blood pressure is not inevitable. There’s plenty you can do with and without the help of a medical professional to lower your blood pressure and improve your health:

  • Consider your diet: As one of the leading contributors to high blood pressure, your diet can play a big role in helping to prevent, slow down, and treat the condition. A diet high in fruits and vegetables and low-fat or non-dairy products is a great place to start. Reducing your salt intake is also important. You can often see results within two weeks when following this diet. If you’re not sure where to begin, just speak with your physician during your appointment.
  • Get active: Along with a better diet, exercise can help prevent and slow down high blood pressure. The more active you are, the lower your risk of high blood pressure.
  • Get rid of your bad habits: We’re sure that your friends and family would appreciate you drinking less and quitting smoking. Men who drink should try to limit themselves to two drinks a day.
  • Reduce your stress: Stress can cause serious problems throughout your body, and your blood pressure is no exception. If stress is interfering with your life and causing you to feel on-edge throughout the day, then speak with your physician about stress management techniques. We can also help you find a dedicated mental health professional if stress and anxiety are decreasing your quality of life.

Men’s Vitality Center in Tucson is proud to be the area’s go-to resource for men’s health services. We can help you with everything from weight loss to erectile dysfunction and everything in between. Call our office, fill out the form below, or simply come in for an appointment and we’ll be happy to speak with you about your health.

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