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New Blood Pressure Guidelines Point To Dangers For African-Americans

Dangerous New Blood Pressure Guidelines for African-Americans In the United States, HYPERTENSION are more HEART DISEASE common STROKE END-STAGE KIDNEY FAILURE among some racial groups than others. Hypertension occurs in: 21% 23% 40% Hispanics & Asians Whites African-Americans 60 By the age of over half of all people of all races all over the world have a condition called "essential" hypertension - high blood pressure that is not associated with any clear causative event. People of African descent in the United States have a 50% higher risk of hypertension than people in other racial groups. African-Americans are disproportionately at risk of complications of uncontrolled high blood pressure, with a: 90% higher risk of higher risk of fatal stroke coronary artery 320% higher risk of end-stage kidney failure 80% disease Problems arise when doctors try to give all their patients the same medications. Here are some problems in blood pressure management that come up over and over again for African-Americans: Thiazide diuretics known as "pee pills" are extremely inexpensive and modestly effective, but they are usually more dangerous for African- Americans because they elevate the risk of ACE-inhibitors & ACE-receptor blockers are helpful in blood pressure by helping preventing kidney disease, arteries relax. However, in especially for people who have both high blood pressure and diabetes. Unfortunately, many doctors don't routinely prescribe them to African-American patients. Isosorbide mononitrate and similar drugs lower African-Americans they tend to help the arteries relax too much, causing congestive heart failure. developing diabetes. A study conducted by two scientists at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte found that among African Americans told they have high blood pressure: 20 Quality CIGARETTS 75% 67% give up or reduce drinking alcohol give up smoking 22% --- 33% changed their diets reduced salt consumption The few African-Americans in this study Men and people who don't have who were willing to make dietary changes tend to be women who lived alone and had a care coordinator insurance tended to be less likely to change the way they eat. with their health insurance plans. Changes in diet have to be subtle. Here's one way to do it. Eat as you normally eat, but: Eat fresh foods rather than canned foods. It's better to eat greens you grow in the yard than greens you get in a can. Cook foods that are naturally tasty. It's better to rely on the taste in the food than the taste you put on the food. Don't leave out grease entirely, but |don't let your food float in it. Don't leave out salt, but use many other herbs and spices to add flavor. IL12 10 Eat good food often, so you don't feel a need to stuff 9! yourself when you eat well. Does this approach really work? The British National Health Service says there's good evidence that it does. The NHS didn't just lecture people on how they needed to eat differently. They worked with bakeries and restaurants to encourage them to develop food that tasted good with less salt and sugar. By 2011, average daily consumption of salt per person in the UK was This was a 15% reduction in sodium from 2003. 9.5 grams. There was a 40% drop in heart disease. There was a 42% drop in fatal strokes. SHARE THE KNOWLEDGE. SHARE THE INFOGRAPH. ASK, SHARE, CONTRIBUTE. ONLINE HEALTH-RELATED COMMUNITY. ......----- - --

New Blood Pressure Guidelines Point To Dangers For African-Americans

shared by tanjat on May 04
In the USA about 21 percent of Asians and Hispanics have high blood pressure, as do 23 percent of whites and 25 percent of Native Americans. Over 40 percent of African-Americans, however, have treatab...




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