I want to get right to the point with today’s topic – if you want to live a healthier and longer life, you MUST have healthy blood pressure. It must be below 120/80 mm/Hg.
This is because “elevated” blood pressure is a primary cause of:
- Heart problems
- Cardiovascular problems
- Kidney problems
- Memory, and cognitive problems
- … and overall health problems
And if you don’t care about dying or your health, and you care more about “vanity” – just know that blood pressure problems are also linked to hair loss and sexual dysfunction.
I bring up today’s topic because, in the past couple of weeks, I’ve had two very close friends of mine lose their fathers. One had a cerebrovascular accident and died within a week. The other had a heart failure and then due to ongoing complications, went to the hospital and then passed away all of a sudden.
Both happened quickly and were unexpected and it’s been very hard for everyone.
And I’ve mentioned in the past that my father had a stroke about 5 years ago. He made a good recovery and was doing well. Even though he moves slower and has a slight limp, his blood pressure had been perfect since.
Unfortunately, about 2 months ago, he had a really bad fall, which is the top 3 causes of death in the elderly. The fall caused a horrible concussion and he was in a coma for a week, then he stayed in the ICU, and then went to rehab, and so forth.
In the hospital, they didn’t allow any supplements or healthy fats. They gave him horrible food and his blood pressure shot up and making the matter much worse.
After two months, he is now back at home. But he has aged like 10 years in just 2 months. It’s been very stressful for everyone, especially for my dad and of course, for my mom.
And this is why I just needed to bring up this topic again. It is very important. I want you and your loved ones to be healthy and pay attention to “silent killers” such as blood pressure.
By the way, all 3 men that I just mentioned – my dad and my friends’ dads – did not smoke, weren’t fat, and ate relatively well. My dad did for sure.
But after a certain age, most people have higher blood pressure.
For example, ⅓ of people (33%) over the age of 18 are walking around with blood pressure problems and don’t even know it.
This means over 140/90.
Over 50% of people easily hit these higher numbers at different times of the day.
And over 65% of people have “elevated” blood pressure, which is between 120-129 systolic.
Yes, lifestyle matters for sure.
However, it seems that a primary cause is due to the negative changes in your hormones because of AGING.
Look at this graph from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention):
These numbers are based on having elevated blood pressure and thus, about 140/90 or higher.
Between the ages of 18-39, about 7.5% of the population has blood pressure problems.
Between 40-59, it goes up almost 5x to 33%.
And over the age of 60, it doubles again to over 63% of the population.
Again, this does NOT take into account those who have “elevated” blood pressure.
My suggestion is you take this topic very seriously.
You should purchase a good blood pressure machine to use at home and take your blood pressure throughout the day. See what your levels are and make sure you keep it UNDER 120/80.
Now, I’ve got two important links.
The first goes to an article I wrote about how my dad supported healthy blood pressure naturally.
And the second link goes to another article, “The Secret To Living Longer, By Supporting Healthy Blood Pressure”
Share this article with anyone you know who should be concerned about their blood pressure. This includes most people over the age of 40.
Please take a look at both of them or at least just one of them right now, while it’s fresh on your mind.