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    How Modern Stress and Diet Habits Quietly Raise Blood Pressure Risks


    “Examining the Hidden Dangers of High Blood Pressure”

    Modern life comes with many conveniences but also subjects us to constant stress and unhealthy habits that can quietly impact our wellbeing. One such danger is high blood pressure or hypertension, which damages the body silently over time if left unaddressed.

    According to Dr. A, who works as a cardiologist at a major hospital, several factors can contribute to high blood pressure including genetics, lifestyle choices surrounding diet and exercise, obesity, excess salt intake, alcohol use, and stress. Nutrition expert N also highlighted how modern diets high in saturated fats, sugar and low in nutrient-dense foods have been linked to hypertension in many cases.

    When asked about effective remedies, N stressed the importance of regular exercise. “Physical activity not only strengthens the heart but also improves blood flow and reduces water retention,” they explained. A sedentary lifestyle was said to have opposite effects by thickening blood and overworking the heart. Maintaining a diet low in sodium while optimizing nutrients like potassium, fiber and healthy fats can also lower blood pressure significantly.

    However, uncontrolled high blood pressure continues impairing the body in hidden ways. It puts extra strain on the heart raising risks of heart attacks and strokes. Over time, weakened blood vessels risk damaging vital organs like the kidneys and eyes. Social impacts were also noted such as possible effects on mental wellbeing.

    When asked about potassium's role, N shared that it acts as a “brake” against tightening of blood vessels caused by sodium. Potassium also helps the kidneys clear out excess sodium levels. Foods like bananas, beans, sweet potatoes and coconut water naturally rich in this mineral without sodium were recommended.

    While lifestyle modifications were emphasized, it was noted an integrated approach considering factors like genetics, medical conditions and reducing stress levels offers the best path towards preventing and treating hypertension. Neglecting this silent threat severely impacts quality of life if not addressed proactively.

    The Northlines is an independent source on the Web for news, facts and figures relating to Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh and its neighbourhood.

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