Each year, at least 7.1 million people around the world die as a result of high blood pressure.1
High blood pressure is one of many chronic diseases whose onset is largely due to risk factors relating to our lifestyles:
- poor diet
- sedentary lifestyle
These are the factors that explain the large majority of deaths caused by chronic diseases which affect both men and women of all ages, all over the world.
A recent study shows that adults with a body mass index (BMI) between 25 and 30 kg/m2 have high blood pressure in 22% of cases. Instead, for those with a BMI that is greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2, this figure significantly increases to around 40.2%.2
Going for regular medical check-ups enables contributory factors (family history, diseases, lifestyle) to be identified and high blood pressure to be detected at an early stage so it can be better treated. However, it also allows a real prevention strategy to be established, targeting behavioural risk factors. It enables patients to be supported to achieve lasting changes, especially in terms of weight reduction for overweight patients. Indeed, although excess body fat is not the only reason for high blood pressure, it is an aggravating factor.
Helping patients understand how they can better manage their weight with comprehensive medical, nutritional, physical and behavioural care is essential in preventing chronic diseases and their causes.
- WHO data
- “Adiposopathy: sick fat causes high blood sugar, high blood pressure and dyslipidemia”, Harold Bays MD, FACP, et al. Future Medicine. 10.1517/14796618.104.22.168