High blood pressure otherwise known as hypertension is a common health risk in the United States. As many as 1 in 3 Americans suffer from high blood pressure, leaving them with an especially high risk for heart disease and stroke. In 2010 the projected cost of medications, health care services, and missed days of work resulting from hypertension was $93.5 billion. But why is 33% of the public afflicted with this silent killer? There are a number of contributing factors that can lead to hypertension. The most common factors that cause hypertension are:
Smoking, Being overweight or obese, Lack of physical activity, Too much salt in the diet, Too much alcohol consumption (more than 1 to 2 drinks per day), Stress, Older age, Genetics, Family history of high blood pressure, Chronic kidney disease, Adrenal and thyroid disorders
Fortunately, there are ways to control and lower your blood pressure, such as: getting your blood pressure checked regularly, eat a healthy diet, maintain a healthy weight, be physically active, limit alcohol use, avoid smoking, prevent or treat diabetes, and get regular acupuncture treatments. Acupuncture is a wonderful way to strengthen the deficiencies or balance that which may be in excess (depending on one’s personal physical constitution) within the body that result in hypertension. The World Health Organization especially recognizes Acupuncture as a safe and effective way to reduce hypertension. If you are struggling with high blood pressure and are looking for a great complimentary therapy to your Western medical treatments, then try Acupuncture for a healthy natural way to stabilize your blood pressure.