Efforts on an international level, by the World Health Organisation (WHO), have been made to encourage and promote self care in connection with high blood pressure (hypertension).
The WHO wants governments to do more to prevent people from suffering from hypertension and so, is highlighting five lifestyle changes people can make to look after themselves:-
Keeping active, slashing salt intake, eating a healthy diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables, cutting down on alcohol and not smoking, can all cut the chances of developing the deadly condition.
Blood pressure has been dubbed the “silent killer” because it often has few, if any, symptoms until it is too late.
One in three adults, roughly a billion people around the globe suffer and in the UK alone at least 16 million victims have been diagnosed, putting them at higher risk of heart disease, stroke and kidney failure
Scientists at the National Institute for Health and Welfare in Helsinki, say people who have an active, healthy lifestyle can cut their risk of developing hypertension by two-thirds.
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is crucial when taking responsibility for one’s own health and preventing the onset of serious diseases. According to the Self Care Forum’s continuum, lifestyle falls at the individual responsibility end of the continuum of self care, and we very much welcome the WHO’s recognition of the importance of taking care of yourself.
Find out more on the WHO website: http://www.who.int/en/