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Your Blood Pressure Numbers May Be High Due To Your Genes

posted on 7/3/2016 Facebook Facebook

Despite its’ astonishing prevalence in about one in three people worldwide, many still struggle with a diagnosis of high blood pressure or hypertension. Most diagnosed are often shocked and ask “Why me?” Well, if you go to see this doubt does make sense since symptoms make a diagnosis more real. But unlike many other diseases, high blood pressure rarely causes any symptoms and is therefore called as the ‘silent killer’. 

A high pressure diagnosis is often packaged with serious life threatening complications such as heart attacks, stroke, kidney problems, blindness etc. While doctors convey these risks to their patients in order to motivate them to manage their condition better, it often happens that it ends up creating fear. But it doesn’t have to be, for, hypertension can both be prevented and managed naturally. 

Understanding Your Genetic Risks For High Blood Pressure 
Many take to exploring the condition in depth only in hindsight when they have already been diagnosed with high blood pressure. But, knowing your risk and factors which increase this risk can help in escaping the diagnosis altogether. High blood pressure does not have a single known cause. It is a result of a combination of environmental risk factors—inactivity, smoking, obesity—and genes. Yes, your DNA affects your susceptibility to developing high blood pressure in the future. 

Having a parent with high blood pressure is one of the biggest risk factors for developing the condition yourself. Research suggests that having a parent with high blood pressure may account for about 35% to 65% of the variability of blood pressure levels. So far, 29 genetic variations have been identified to increase the risk of hypertension. However, you can greatly reduce your risk by following healthy lifestyle recommendations. Genetic testing can help you gain insight on your hereditary risk for hypertension. A prevention plan designed on the basis of your genetic profile can help you keep the numbers in control. 

Know more about the tests by speaking to our genetic counselors who can help you understand your family history, health concerns, and answer all queries related to genetic testing. To book an appointment with our genetic counselors, you can write to us at info@positivebioscience.com or call on Toll Free number 1800-3070-6727.

These 5 Foods Can Reduce Your Blood Pressure Levels Naturally 
Eating right is the best thing you can do to keep your blood pressure levels under check. Here are five foods that are known to prevent and manage hypertension naturally. 

1. Beets: Rich in nitrates, beetroot is the best in the bunch of vegetables known to lower blood pressure levels. Eat them raw or juice them to enjoy their health benefits. 

2. Bananas: A powerhouse of potassium, which is necessary to maintain the level of blood pressure in the body, banana is an ideal food for people looking to control their blood pressure levels. 

3. Almonds: These nuts really stand out when it comes to metabolic problems such as high blood pressure. What makes these little brown treats so influential is their magnesium content. Essential for more than 300 bodily functions, magnesium deficiency can have a serious impact on blood pressure and heart health. 

4. Spinach: High in folate, potassium, and magnesium—this green leafy vegetable deserves a spot on this list. It is also low in calories and rich in strengthening peptides which maintain overall health. 

5. Olive Oil: The heart-healthy benefits of olive oil are known far and wide. One major study found that daily consumption of this oil reduced heart attacks, strokes, and other heart ailments by about 30%. Rich in monounsaturated fats and phenolic antioxidants this oil is a fantastic addition to blood pressure lowering diet. 

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