Shauwn Mkhize, Toni Braxton, and Oprah Winfrey have all spoken out about their high blood pressure struggles.
It was once thought to be a lifestyle disease that only affected the elderly. However, evidence is mounting that young people are becoming increasingly vulnerable to high blood pressure, generally known as hypertension.
In the previous 12 months, City institutions in Cape Town have reported 2 241 new instances of hypertension in the 18-44 age group, compared to 1 320 the year before.
"Less than half of adults with hypertension are on antihypertensive medication or were aware that they had high blood pressure," Councillor Patricia van der Ross, the City's Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health, said ahead of World Hypertension Day, which this year's theme is "Measure Your Blood Pressure Accurately, Control It, Live Longer."
In the preceding 12 months, the province saw 1 875 new cases in the 45+ age category, up from 1 385 the year before.
High blood pressure is difficult to detect unless tested, and it can be fatal if not treated. Here are some takeaways from celebrities who have been diagnosed with it.
'STAY IN A HEALTHY WEIGHT RANGE,' says Oprah Winfrey.
Oprah's battle with weight has been well-documented, but it came as a shock when her network's then-news director, O!, revealed that the Queen of Talk started her last popularized diet before joining Weight Watchers out of fear of death.
Liz Brody told Good Morning America that her heart had been racing so rapidly that she couldn't sleep. "She visited several doctors and discovered that her blood pressure was really high.
Oprah lost 14 kilograms at the time and debuted her "new me" cover on O! Magazine, but she did not maintain her weight loss for long. She's accepted the fact that she'll never be slim, but her near-death experience with high blood pressure taught her a valuable lesson.
To relieve pressure on her heart, she should maintain a healthy weight.
She told the New York Times Magazine that she won't allow herself to gain more than 90 pounds. "Your heart need the least amount of weight possible to pump, pump, pump," she explained.
"So, all of you who say, 'Oh, I need to embrace myself as I am,' I can't accept myself if I'm above 200 pounds because it puts too much strain on my heart." For me, it produces high blood pressure. Because diabetes runs in my family, it puts me at risk for the disease.
'NO MORE BURGERS AND PIZZA,' says TONI BRAXTON.
Heart disease can strike anyone in their 30s who weighs less than 115 pounds and exercises regularly.
Toni Braxton learned this lesson after discovering she had high blood pressure — 160/105 without medication – in 2007.
Hypertension is being diagnosed in an increasing number of young people. "You imagine it's some retired elderly guy," the singer, who was 40 at the time of her diagnosis, told Newsweek.
The singer, who has battled a number of illnesses, including lupus, announced her hypertension diagnosis to People magazine after becoming an ambassador for a heart health organization.
I was disappointed when I found out.
Toni stated at the time, "I didn't grasp it."
But I quickly realized that I needed to alter my lifestyle.
Her nutrition was one of the modifications she made.
I always ate rather healthily, but late at night I would indulge in pizzas and burgers, which I needed to modify.
'DON'T TAKE YOUR HEALTH FOR GRANTED,' SHAUWN MKHIZE says.
Shauwn Mkhize, a businesswoman and reality TV star, said on Instagram a few months ago, "I went from being well one day to being bed ridden diagnosed with high blood pressure the next."
She stated that she was feeling better and has since been the picture of excellent health, uploading photos of herself at various gatherings looking great and joyful. The significance of taking care of one's health is the lesson she says she learned from the life-threatening incident.
"One piece of advise I'd want to give is to not take our health for granted and to pay attention to our body," MaMkhize remarked.
WHERE DOES BLOOD PRESSURE COME FROM?
The force with which your heart pumps blood around your body is measured by your blood pressure. It is expressed as two figures and is measured in millimetres of mercury (mmHg):
• Systolic pressure is the force exerted by your heart as it pumps blood out.
• Diastolic pressure — the pressure in your heart when it is not beating.
Between 90/60mmHg to 120/80mmHg is considered optimal blood pressure. The systolic pressure is the first number, and the diastolic pressure is the second.
A blood pressure level of 140/90 or greater is considered hypertension.
HOW CAN I TELL IF I HAVE HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE?
You should be tested. You can appear to be healthy one day and then become ill the next, as MaMkhize and Toni have stated. Because it has no symptoms, it is known as the silent killer, and more than half of people with high blood pressure are unaware of their disease.
High blood pressure occurs when the blood pressure in the arteries rises. To pump blood through the system, your heart has to work extremely hard, and the force of the blood on the artery walls is excessive. When a blood pressure value exceeds 140/90 mm Hg, it is diagnosed.
"Getting tested is important because if the condition is detected early, it can be treated."
According to KZN-based GP Dr Thuthukile Goba, "it can be controlled and thus assist avert consequences."
"The longer a person goes without being diagnosed and treated for hypertension, the more likely they are to develop consequences like stroke and heart failure."
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