Hypertension or High blood pressure can present without a single symptom. But silence is not good. Uncontrolled hypertension is dangerous and increase the risk of heart attack and stroke
I am a Dietician by profession & I have realized that a majority of Indian people fall prey of Obesity , Diabetes , Hypertension , Osteoporosis , Constipation , Flatulence , Esophagitis & Halitosis . In other words people mainly complaint of these disorders. When people approach me with these health problems I usually recommend the following non medical treatment .
1 ) OBESITY :-
Experts in 55 countries have put forward a paper that states the alarming fact that an estimated 388 million people could die over the next 10 years from the silent killers – hypertension, diabetes, heart diseases and obesity.
Often called as ‘Affluenza’ or diseases in the affluent society in developed countries, these diseases are also an emerging threat to developing nations. 60% of preventable deaths and 44% premature deaths occur due to these diseases. While all research has been focusing on infectious diseases like Tuberculosis, Malaria and HIV-AIDS, these silent killers are being neglected. The WHO has in fact been spending less than 4% of funds on these diseases and often they are branded as an individual’s problem.
Many of you must have often heard about a parent or a grandparent telling you that they have ‘high blood pressure’ or hypertension? What exactly is hypertension? What should be the normal blood pressure? What are the effects of high blood pressure? What should be done to avoid the effects of high blood pressure? How is hypertension caused?
Obesity is one of the diseases of the affluent world. It is indeed a silent killer. Obesity has been linked to diabetes, heart disease, strokes and hypertension. Obesity has been called as a pandemic as it tends to affect millions of individuals across the globe.
Are you obese? Are you overweight? What are these terms? How does one find out?
A simple calculation can tell us what type of pattern we fit into. This is called as the BMI or the Body Mass Index. This ratio is got by dividing your weight in Kilos by your height in meters squared. For example if you weigh 90 kilos and your height is 1.8 meters, then your BMI is 90/(1.8)(1.8) = 27.78 Kg/Sg.m.
<17.9: Underweight. 18 - 24.9: Normal. 25 - 29.9: Overweight. 30 - 34.9: Grade I obesity.
Cardiac diseases are on the rise and this can be attributed to the increasing affluence amongst the people all over the world. Hitherto not much attention was paid to a combination of diseases collectively called as The Metabolic Syndrome or the Syndrome X. More and more researchers and doctors have now understood the importance of this entity.
So what exactly is the metabolic syndrome? A person is diagnosed to have the metabolic syndrome if he or she has the following conditions:
4. Insulin resistance (Diabetes).