We might familiar to both health problems (high cholesterol and hypertension). They are together related to what kinds of foods that we eat from our daily diet. They are also often found together in many health conditions such as stroke, heart disease, atherosclerosis (narrowing & hardening artery), and many more
The interesting issue is many factors that can increase your risk of having high cholesterol also can affect your risk on getting hypertension (high blood pressure). And as mentioned before, both can increase your risk of having heart disease.
However, blood pressure and blood cholesterol are not the only problem you need to concern. In fact, there are other many risk factors of heart disease.
And generally, these risk factors are majorly divided into 2 groups; modifiable and non-modifiable. More risk factors that you have – the greater risk of developing heart disease.
Modifiable risk factors
These can include high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol , high blood sugar, and other bad lifestyles – let’s explore more these risk factors!
High blood pressure or a condition what we call as hypertension is so dangerous for your overall health – especially for your heart.
High pressure against your arteries means that your heart works harder than normal. And in long term, this effect can lead to heart damage which then can put you at greater risk of having heart disease, particularly a medical condition called coronary heart disease.
Like hypertension, high cholesterol is also very bad for your heart. Many times, this problem is derived from bad diet, particularly from high dietary saturated fat.
Foods rich in cholesterol also can increase your bad cholesterol (LDL), as the name implies. However, the impact of saturated fat in increasing LDL is much higher than cholesterol foods.
That’s why, it’s important to make sure that most of your fat intake is not from saturated fat. Instead, experts much more recommend unsaturated fat instead of saturated fat.
Unlike saturated fat, unsaturated is healthier for your heart and overall health. Therefore many times people call it as healthy fat. But even though it is healthy fat, you still need to eat it in moderation.
Remember that all kinds of foods contain calories, including for unsaturated fat – even for fruits and vegetables. And if you eat them too much (including for healthy foods), you can gain weight, and overweight /obesity also can increase your risk of heart disease.
High blood sugar
Did you know that one of the most common complications of diabetes is cardiovascular disease? In fact, many diabetic people end with heart disease, especially those whose poor control in their blood sugar.
High blood sugar also can increase your risk of hypertension. This is reasonable since it can narrow and harden your blood vessels. In severe case, it also can be potential to lead to a clogged artery in long term.
And depending in where the location of clogged artery happens, it can cause stroke, heart attack, or maybe other serious problems that can be a life-threatening condition.
Other modifiable risk factors
These include smoking (as noted before, nicotine and other harmful properties from smoking can hurt blood vessel walls), and becoming a sedentary individual (lack of exercise is bad for overall health, including for your cardiovascular system).
Non-modifiable risk factors
Unlike in the risk factors mentioned before, non-modifiable means that there is nothing you can do to change the risk factors. These include:
It’s undeniable that we cannot change our age. And as you get older, your risk of having some health problems (such as heart disease) will increase.
Statistics show that most people who end (die) with heart disease or other cardiovascular disease are older than 65.
Certain ethnic group or race
Some studies found that this disease is more common in African American and other certain races.
A family history of the same problem
Many cases of heart disease come from families who have a history of the same problem. Having a family history of this disease doesn’t mean you will definitely develop the same problem, but your risk is relatively higher than others who don’t have a history of the problem in their families.
Source & reference for this article: HealthClop, home remedies for high cholesterol and hypertension.
As the name suggests, blood pressure (BP) is a medical term used to describe the pressure that pushes against the blood vessels. It can vary throughout the day. For this reason, the resting BP is commonly used for the parameter whether or not your BP is normal.
BP is commonly given in mm Hg. Normally, the resting BP should be not higher than 120 /80 mm Hg – though there are also some experts recommend lower than 115 /75 mm Hg to keep safe in reducing the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases.
Typically, the higher number describes systolic pressure. It is the pressure against the blood vessels that is measured when the heart is working or beating. Therefore, it is usually relatively higher in mm Hg.
And for the lower number, it points to a pressure that is medically called as diastolic pressure.
Unlike the top number (systolic pressure), diastolic pressure is measured from the pressure against the blood vessel in the condition of when the heart is not pumping or between beats. Therefore, it is usually relatively lower in mm Hg if compared to systolic pressure.
In addition, checking the levels of your BP is much more simple and practical than checking your blood sugar, because there is no any blood test required. Even there are many home test kits for blood pressure that you can use at home.
Some doctors say that there is no a direct link between blood pressure and blood sugar. However in fact, both conditions are often found together.
For this reason, there are also some experts believe that these conditions can affect each other. Both are closely associated with the mechanism of blood vessels in distributing the blood from one area to other areas.
In general, blood vessels are divided into 2 major types – veins and arteries. Each type of these blood vessels needs normal levels of blood sugar and blood pressure to work optimally.
If they don’t work well, the mechanism of blood all over the body is affected. And once cells of the body don’t get plenty of essential nutrients and oxygen that distributed through the blood circulation, there will be many complications.
The kind of complication can be influenced by several factors. But in general, the area of where the cells get poor supply of oxygen and nutrients can play a key role. For instance, if the problem affects cells of the brain, stroke occurs.
Blood sugar is different than blood pressure. But again, they can be potential to affect each other. And many serious health conditions that are affected by blood sugar also can be linked to the blood pressure.
So, which one of that you should prioritize to improve your overall health? Well overall, it’s important to keep both variables as normal as possible – both variables are very important!
Fortunately, most approaches to prevent hypertension (high blood pressure) also do work to prevent and improve high blood sugar. In other words, the treatment plan can be designed to work together to cope with those both problems.