Causes and treatment for high blood pressure in young adults
While hypertension can affect individuals of any age, it is a condition that’s more often associated with older individuals. However, high blood pressure in young adults is a troubling trend. Statistics from the CDC indicate that, in general, about 10% of individuals between the ages of 20-34 have high blood pressure, with the condition affecting more men than women. If left untreated, hypertension in young adults can cause stiffening of the arteries, leading to increased risk of stroke, kidney, and brain damage.
The primary cause of high blood pressure in young adults is being overweight or obese. As the rates of obesity among adolescents and young adults have skyrocketed in the U.S., so has the incidence of high blood pressure. Other causative factors include lack of exercise, smoking, and excessive alcohol consumption.
Therefore, it’s vital that young adults recognize their risk for developing high blood pressure, seek treatment to prevent long-term health problems, and make changes to their lifestyles to lower and control their BP’s.
Changing habits now
For young adults with high blood pressure, re-evaluating their lifestyle can help to reduce blood pressure and help them to maintain healthy levels, which, in turn, can reduce their risk of developing serious health problems in both the short- and long-term.
Two of the most effective ways to help lower blood pressure is by changing your diet and adopting a healthy exercise regimen. Dietary changes include reducing or eliminating salty, processed foods, cutting down on the amount of alcohol consumed, and eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains, and nuts.
Try to work about 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise into your schedule each day — brisk walking, jogging, cycling, swimming, or low-impact aerobics are all great choices. Make sure that you’re getting 6-8 hours of sleep per night.
Just as important is keeping track of your blood pressure. In order to be successful at reducing high blood pressure, you need to work as team with your physician to determine whether or not your treatment plan is working.
Ivy Health Labs has made it possible for you to take an active role in monitoring your BP by creating smart health technology such as our wireless wrist blood pressure monitor. Working in tandem with the free Ivy Health app, you can track your BP, store your data in the cloud, and share it with your physician.
Living life to the fullest
While high blood pressure in young adults can lead to heart trouble later in life, the good news is that making changes to your lifestyle now can really work to lower your blood pressure over time and your risk for future health problems.
Adults in their 20’s and in their 30’s should know their blood pressure numbers so that they can make important lifestyle changes accordingly. The Ivy Health wireless wrist blood pressure monitor makes it easy to stay on top of your BP and your heart health.