Cynthia Clifton, Isom, Sarah
Due to the information that was released regarding the Coronavirus and how it is heavily populated in the African American people, I would like to share this information with the community of St. John the Baptist Parish.
Hypertension or high blood pressure is known as the “silent killer.” This chronic illness got its nickname because there are no symptoms or warning signs.
American Heart Association shows that 78 million American adults (33%) have high blood pressure and more than half of them (47.5%) do not have it under control. Many of those uncontrolled hypertensions don’t know they have it.
1000 deaths per day are attributed to high blood pressure. One in every three U.S. adults has prehypertension (blood pressure level greater than 120/80 mmHg but less than 139/89 mmHg).
Having high blood pressure increases the risk of the two leading causes of death in America – heart disease and stroke. High blood pressure is also a risk factor for kidney disease. High blood pressure can develop in people of all ages and backgrounds.
Knowing your blood pressure number is important, even if you feel fine. High blood pressure or hypertension can be prevented by making a few lifestyle changes, such as eating a healthy diet that is low in sodium and full of fruits and vegetables that are high in potassium and fiber. People who maintain a healthy weight and engage in moderate levels of physical activity can lower their blood pressure levels.
The DASH eating plan developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is an eating plan low in sodium, saturated fat, cholesterol and total fat. It is high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat or fat-free dairy foods, fish, poultry and nuts. The DASH eating plan focuses on foods rich in potassium, magnesium, calcium, fiber and protein.
There are certain health conditions, lifestyle habits and hereditary factors that can cause people to be at greater risk for developing high blood pressure. Hypertension is a preventable chronic illness in most individuals. Some conditions include age, diabetes, behaviors, diet, weight, lack of physical activity, alcohol consumption, smoking, genetics, race or ethnicity and family history.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule nutrition classes when this Coronavirus pandemic if over, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 985-497-3261. I would love to help us get on the right track.