Reducing High Cholesterol and Hypertension
A report issued by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) makes the claim that two-thirds of American adults who are suffering from high cholesterol as well as fifty percent who have symptoms of hypertension are not receiving effective treatment. This lack of treatment for both ailments significantly increases these individual’s risk of heart attacks or stroke.
Nor is this a health care coverage related issue. The CDC estimates that in excess of eighty percent of those dealing with hypertension or higher than recommended levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol enjoy coverage by either public or private health insurance plans.
The conclusion is that, even those with the financial resources to receive medical care are not doing enough to reduce either LDL cholesterol, or hypertension.
Right now almost 2,000 (400 are under age 65) Americans die each day from cardiovascular diseases including heart attacks and strokes. The CDC estimates that tens of thousands of lives could be saved annually if both doctors and their patients even just a little bit more attention to the problems of high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
This report is derived from the findings of the “National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). Other findings include:
- One third of American adults have hypertension
- One third of American adults have high levels of LDL cholesterol
- Of those with hypertension, one third does not get treatment
- 50% of adults with hypertension don’t have it under control
- 50% of adults with high cholesterol don’t seek treatment
- More than 60% of those with high cholesterol don’t have it under control
As this article makes clear the incidence of high cholesterol and hypertension is much too high. One of the most effective, least disruptive, and least expensive methods to treat both conditions is by controlling diet. Following any one of the many healthy, balanced diet plans and following a sensible exercise routine will do wonders for both hypertension and high cholesterol. Choose your foods wisely and add Chia seed to as many meals as you can.
It is wise to take active control of your health and make your doctor an active participant. If you haven’t had a check up in more than 12 months it is time to schedule one. High cholesterol and hypertension are most effectively diagnosed with a check up and a simple blood test.
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