When there is a shortcut to success why strain yourself the hard way to seek it? Instant coffee, instant noodles, ready-to-eat instant idli/dosa/poha, instant cash transfer and instant blood sugar results have become our choices in life. Mankind is nearing a phase where individuals might desire to deliver kids instantly too. Science, technology and modernization have improved our luxuries, made life more comfortable and in turn have paved way for laziness, lethargy and inactivity to become a part of each of us. Our mindsets have been channelized such that we need solutions to problems that don’t require us to toil much but give us excellent results. This concept has once again proved to be true in case of individuals suffering from high blood pressure.
The Lazy Way Around
Most love to choose an alternative to exercising to stay fit and healthy. Right from superfoods to miracle shakes the nutrition industry has it all. The success of these ventures is also guaranteed as they are in line with people’s requirements failing to enlighten the individual on the long-term effects. When it comes to controlling high blood pressure too individuals would rather pop a pill or drink a cup of tea rather than exercise. That’s the opinion of 1,400 people who were given four different choices to lower high BP rates imagining the scenario which could help them prolong life by a month, year or five years. The four treatments proposed were a cup of tea, pill, exercise or half yearly injections. Results are rather alarming as many participants chose either the pill or tea and some of them refused all four treatment methods despite the advantage of prolonging life by a year or even five years. Statistics show that:
High blood pressure might seem to be a simple detour from regular BP levels compared to cancer and heart attack, but most people fail to understand its graveness until cardiovascular disease strikes them. For those of you are unaware of the side effects of lingering high BP levels, such levels can result in heart problems and cardiovascular diseases. Tragic part is that the person doesn’t realize its importance until some disease strikes as there are no accompanying symptoms, and this is also one reason why it has been rightly called as the ‘silent killer’.
The study exists as an eye-opener to also probe further about the likes and dislikes of patients and understand why they chose one method over the other. When there is a clear idea about the burden of each therapy, we can also think over ways to overcome these hurdles and help every individual find it easier to follow such solutions.
Ways to keep high blood pressure levels under control include:
AVOID FRAUD. EAT SMART.
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Dietitian & Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.