Life today exists as though it has been played in the ‘fast forward’ mode-girls attain puberty even when they have not reached a 2-digit age, boys are inquisitive enough to know about things that should remain in the dark at least until they cross teenage, women in 20s and 30s attain menopause and there are some men who have gone bald even before getting married and all of these have one thing in common-health has taken the backseat and fitness has been forgotten existing as the root cause behind many of these problems.
Women are known for their highly irrational behavior when it comes to their health-most of them forfeit their well-being for the well-being of their family. They don’t try to exercise, eat on time or stick to a healthy eating schedule despite realizing that they are the fulcrum of the family. This is true in the case of every married woman mostly and almost all women in their childbearing age. Every woman in her childbearing age is advised to take good care of herself as she is at the threshold of going the family way thereby continuing the family’s legacy. Still, studies show that one in five women are suffering from high blood pressure and only very few of them are on a diet that could help themselves and their baby avoid risks of health problems.
Hypertension is linked to a number of cardiovascular diseases (CVD) such as stroke and heart failure and also prevails as the leading cause of death and disability. It has been known that women of reproductive age have lower rates of hypertension compared to women of older age but this study shows that the rates have seriously climbed up the ladder in younger women these days. The study on 8,740 women aged between 20 and 50 showed that 22.4% of them had high blood pressure. Of them, 7% of women were following a DASH-like diet plan and another 105 of women with normal blood pressure were also following the same diet plan. DASH diet has been recommended by doctors for fighting against hypertension as it contains foods low in salt and high in nutrients such as potassium and magnesium to lower blood pressure. To get yourself a customized diet plan for hypertension please get in touch with reputed dietitian nutritionists at www.firsteatright.com.
Pregnancy these days evokes various complications and a hypertensive pregnant woman is the last thing that we need during pregnancy. Such women are at a risk of delivery a baby with low birth weight or are at a higher risk of delivering premature babies. Its been studied that high blood pressure during pregnancy is a leading cause of maternal death and almost 40% of maternal deaths from any cause are linked with hypertension. Such frightening numbers makes it even more important that women of childbearing age start pursuing proper lifestyle routines and eating habits to stay healthy and to stay out of hypertension. Every woman at this time of her life must be evaluated of her daily diet, health and heart condition and necessary corrections must be made with the best diet and exercise recommendations to lower blood pressure (if needed) and stay healthy. Cardiovascular disease prevails as one of the leading causes of death during and after pregnancy and managing heart health (by preventing rise in BP levels primarily) becomes mandatory. Failing to do this and resorting to medications while being pregnant or planning for pregnancy is insane!
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Dietitian & Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.