Don’t Let Stress Put You at Risk for Hypertension
Stress is part of everyday life, but the way you handle it—or don’t—can put your health at risk. Many reactions to stress, such as poor sleep, unhealthy eating habits, smoking and a sedentary lifestyle, can raise your risk of developing hypertension (high blood pressure). Of course, creating a plan to lower your stress level can help you avoid hypertension altogether, or better manage it if you already have the condition.
Know Your Risk
Hypertension often does not have symptoms, which means you may not know you have the condition until you are screened by a doctor. You should have your blood pressure measured at least once a year, especially if you have any of the following risk factors:
- Family history of hypertension
- Excess weight
- Lack of exercise
- Type 2 diabetes
Hypertension is Hazardous to Your Health
If left unchecked, hypertension can lead to a number of serious—sometimes life-threatening—conditions, such as:
- Heart failure
- Kidney disease
- Vision impairment
- Sexual dysfunction
- Bone loss
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