Is hypertension prevention possible?
Yes, you can prevent hypertension from happening to you. Contrary to popular belief, just because your parents or relatives have hypertension does not mean you are doomed to having it too.
However, a family history of hypertension does increase the likelihood of developing it later on in life. How does one prevent hypertension? The simplest and most effective ways are by watching your diet and doing regular exercise.
Rarely, people can develop certain types of hypertension despite taking all the necessary precautions. Usually, this is due to another illness such as kidney disease, hormone problems, or lupus. In these cases, hypertension may be resolved once the underlying cause is dealt with.
Tips and advice
Before hypertension sets in, you do not need to follow a specific diet. Generally, it is best to include all major food groups, drink plenty of water, and limit your processed and salted food intake. The main source of salt in the diet is the salt contained in packaged and processed foods and in foods from restaurants.
Fried and fatty food such as burgers, fries, and lechon are still okay from time to time but too much and too often can increase your risk of heart disease, including hypertension.
Instead, eat more whole grains, fiber-rich vegetables, and lean meat and fish. For vegetarians and meat-eaters alike, plant-based protein are great substitutes that have little to no fat and cholesterol.