You’re not too young to put your blood pressure in check
Hypertension is usually considered an "adult disease" but an increasing number of teenagers and younger children are falling victim to the condition. People can develop high blood pressure at any age, the amount of people with high blood pressure increases as we get older.
For example: Over 1 in 10 men aged 25 - 34 years have high blood pressure, also 2 in 5 men aged 35 - 44 years. The number of women affected by this condition at a younger age is less than in men but it happens to at least 1 in every 10 women in their 20’s.
The questions “Wetin you dey think?” and “How old are you?” are the replies anyone gets when the topic of hypertension springs up but truthfully that’s as ignorant as anyone can get. While the underlying cause of primary hypertension is still not fully understood, it's strongly linked to adjustable lifestyle factors, such as obesity and decreased cardiovascular fitness.
Many of us could be putting ourselves at risk of an early stroke, unhealthy lifestyles, stress and poor diets are causing more young people to be diagnosed with high blood pressure (hypertension). Active individuals, like the young people and the athletes, are viewed as free of diseases such as hypertension and this notion is nothing short of wrong.
Hypertension occurs when your heart and arteries are consistently working harder than normal to move blood around your body specifically when the heart pumps blood through the circulatory system and/or when the arteries resist the blood flow.
Young people with high blood pressure even those with only a high systolic(top) number, but normal diastolic(bottom) number — may have an abnormally stiff aorta, which should not be ignored, they should have close follow-up and have it discussed with a healthcare professional.
Normal blood pressure readings should be 120 (systolic) / 80 (diastolic).
Hypertension is any reading of 140/90 or higher.
High blood pressure does not discriminate on age – People are dying unnecessarily because they fail to take such simple steps to reduce their blood pressure. Everyone is at risk and therefore it's essential to know your blood pressure numbers.
Get yourself checked today, know your numbers!