Losing Weight to Combat High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure or hypertension is a dangerous condition that affects millions of people in this country. It causes the heart to work far harder than it should, increasing the risk of heart disease and atherosclerosis, among many other health problems. However, losing weight can effectively eliminate or improve the condition.
The Link Between Obesity and High Blood Pressure
Hypertension and obesity are intricately linked. Being overweight can make a person more likely to develop hypertension. Additionally, the higher a person’s weight, the higher their blood pressure is likely to rise. If hypertension continues over the long term, several potential complications are possible. These include:
- Atrial fibrillation (a type of irregular heartbeat)
- Kidney damage
- Heart attack
With long-term obesity having its own set of complications, it becomes that much more imperative to lose weight.
Two Common Weight-Loss Methods
Diet and exercise remain very effective ways to lose weight. Reducing or eliminating foods high in fat, salt, and sugar as well as increasing vegetables, grains, and lean meats can help lower blood pressure. Known as DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension), this plan, coupled with weight loss, can reduce hypertension and reduce your risks of developing the condition.
Keeping a food diary can help you see not only what you’re eating, but when you eat and your reasons for eating. Knowing your eating habits can help you develop a weight-loss strategy.
Increasing your physical activity can eliminate hypertension and provide many health benefits. Even completing household chores like raking leaves, gardening, and walking up and down stairs can help. Getting moderate physical activity for just 30 minutes a day over several days a week can reduce weight.
Reducing Portion Sizes
There’s no doubt that eating healthier foods can help you lose weight. However, this must be done in conjunction with eating smaller portions at every meal, as this will reduce the number of calories you consume.
In some instances, blood pressure can remain high even after making the above changes. Where this is the case, drugs are available which can be prescribed to decrease it. Excess weight can also remain despite increased physical activity. When this is occurring, it may be necessary to consider other weight loss options.
Permanent Weight Loss Solutions
If you’re eating a healthy diet and exercising, but you are still not losing the weight you need to in order to reduce your blood pressure, bariatric weight loss surgery can be an option. Safe and effective, this surgery reduces the stomach’s size, allowing you to consume less food and feel satiated sooner.
In addition to surgical weight loss, ongoing support that includes education and encouragement can provide you with the tools to maintain your weight loss over the long term. Houston Sleeve Surgery Clinic offers comprehensive surgical and non-surgical weight loss solutions that can be personalized to meet your unique needs.
If surgical weight loss is something you’re considering, our weight loss experts can help. Learn more by claiming your free consultation: (281) 888-7767.
Disclaimer: This is only for general information. All patients should consult their doctors prior to following any of the recommendations in any articles, posts, or videos. All patients have individual needs and limitations that only their treating physicians can be aware of.