World Hypertension Day 2023: 5 lifestyle changes to make before 30

May 17 is World Hypertension Day. As we commemorate World Hypertension Day, let's look at some essential lifestyle changes to make before leaving your 20s. These lifestyle changes can lower your risk of hypertension and other heart-related complications. Starting while in your 20s can give you time to get your health in check.

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The 20s are a busy and demanding time with budding careers, relationships, and self-development. However, without proper lifestyle management, some harmful habits we pick during this time can stick with us.

World Hypertension Day has been commemorated since 2006 and serves to address hypertension, its serious complications, and information on detection, prevention, and treatment.

Hypertension or high blood pressure is a condition that forces the heart to work harder to pump blood to the rest of the body. In the process, the lower left heart chamber (left ventricle) thickens thus increasing the risk of heart attack, heart failure and sudden cardiac death.

Although this condition is commonly associated with older age groups, the risk of developing high blood pressure can emerge even during our 20s. By implementing the following key lifestyle changes early on, you can lay the foundation for a healthy future.

By engaging in regular physical activity, your cardiovascular system is protected against elastic arteries and cardiovascular stress. Get your body used to at least two exercise regimens for better implementation.

Try to lower your alcohol consumption levels. The 20s can be a wild ride of partying and cultural influence. However, excessive alcohol consumption can weaken your cardiovascular system leaving it vulnerable to developing hypertension.

Moderate caffeine consumption is generally safe and even healthy. Excessive intake especially in different forms such as coffee, and energy drinks, among others, can raise blood pressure temporarily. Over time these effects can compound into serious damage.

Regular exercise and sufficient sleep can offer the body some relief from stress. However, if you don't manage your stress levels, the stress will cancel out the benefits of exercise and sleep soon. This can be in the form of interrupting your focus, making you procrastinate, and disrupting your routine. Seek help, support, and stress management practices.

Smoking damages and weakens blood vessels leaving the heart vulnerable to hypertension. and increases the risk of high blood pressure, among many other health problems. If you smoke, seek support from healthcare professionals and support groups to quit successfully.

Taking proactive steps to maintain a healthy lifestyle in your 20s can significantly reduce the risk of developing high blood pressure later in life. Remember, prevention is key, and by prioritizing essential lifestyle changes, you empower yourself to live a vibrant and heart-healthy life.

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