06/12/2009 - Questions and Answers

I am Overweight and Hypertensive -What can I do?

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I'm 33 and overweight, and I've got high blood pressure. I've managed to lose some weight, but I'd like more information about what I must do.

 

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You are very wise to be seeking help with your weight loss, as you are very young to have hypertension, which is a risk factor for heart disease, as is obesity, but obesity is also a risk factor for diabetes Type 2.. Congratulations on managing to lose some weight, but it is necessary to achieve your natural weight and keep it under control.
 

The information on the control of blood pressure can also assist with weight loss and help prevent the onset of diabetes. The main treatment for hypertension is antihypertensive medication prescribed by the doctor. To help "control" blood pressure, you can help yourself by adhering to a healthy diet, free of saturated fats and cholesterol, and containing plenty of fibre (as found in fruits, vegetables and cereals). Also of importance is Regular physical exercise, losing extra weight, and Stress management No smoking, no more than 1-2 glasses red wine daily are best.
 

However, There is no quick way to lose weight successfully. Eat Less and Move More is the simple key to weight loss. To lose weight will take Effort on your part but it is very important for your health to do so. It means a Life Style Change of course. Change which will include regular, sufficient exercise and diet, and it may take some time to accomplish, but when you lose it slowly and you develop a new lifestyle the weight is more likely to stay off. Diet without exercise will Not work. However, before you commence any exercise and diet regime we would advise you to have a check up with your doctor and get the go-ahead for your plan. If you find that you require more assistance than what is offered here you may have a Weight Watchers Group near you, where you can obtain personalised professional advice, and the emotional support of others also needing to lose weight, which can also be an encouragement to continue. Also, you may prefer to attend a gymnasium or aerobic classes in a group.
 

It may also encourage you to achieve your goal by understanding more about what these risk factors mean, but remember that the preventative measures are always the same - Change of lifestyle: heart healthy diet free of cholesterol and saturated fats and containing plenty of fibre (as found in fruits, vegetables and cereals). Also of importance is Regular physical exercise, losing extra weight, and maintaining normal weight. Also Stress management, NO smoking, and no more than 1-2 glasses red wine daily are best.
 

Many factors increase the risk of developing coronary artery / heart disease, and stroke. They include: family history of premature coronary heart disease, high blood pressure (hypertension), high levels of cholesterol in the blood, smoking, sedentary lifestyle, obesity, and poor stress management, diabetes, menopause without estrogen replacement therapy. In some cases, atherosclerosis cannot be prevented. Atherosclerosis is a common disorder of the arteries. Fat, Cholesterol and other substances accumulate in the walls of arteries and form "atheromas" or plaques. Although you cannot change your age, gender, or family history, you can take other steps to lower risks to your health. Hopefully the links proved below will be of some assistance to you. There is one called "How to start exercising" but it is important to know that all exercise is good - walking, swimming, any sport, gardening, dancing - as long as it is regular. we wish you success with your efforts to lose weight.
 

Related Links
How to start exercising
Stress Management
Further Stress information
Recipes for Low-Fat and Low-Cholesterol Meals
How to choose low-fat food
DASH DIET "Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension"
Sodium (Salt)
Low salt foods

Created on: 12/12/2006
Reviewed on: 06/12/2009

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