High Blood Pressure

Is your blood pressure putting pressure on you?

What is High Blood Pressure?

High blood pressure, or Hypertension, is a common disorder in which your blood pressure is abnormally high, a reading of 140/90 mm Hg or higher. High blood pressure (HBP)can lead to other serious diseases like coronary heart disease, heart failure, stroke and kidney failure. In the US about 1 in 3 adults have HBP. HBP is known as the silent killer because the condition usually doesn't have any sign or symptoms, you can have it for years without knowing knowing it. HBP tends to rise with age. Following a healthy lifestyle helps people to stop the rise of blood pressure.
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How many people have High Blood pressure?

Over 970 million people all over the world have high blood pressure. In 12 years time there will be an estimate of 1.56 billion adults living with high blood pressure.

Who Gets High Blood Pressure?

High Blood Pressure is more common in people over the age of 70, people who are overweight and people who have High Blood Pressure in their family history. High Blood Pressure can also affect people who have none of these factors, they could be young, skinny and have no family history with High Blood Pressure.

How can you prevent High Blood Pressure?

By following these steps you can lower your blood pressure. Your doctor may also prescribe medication. If so use them wisely by taking the medication as prescribed.

High Blood Pressure Recipe

There are many recipes to help keep a stable blood pressure. The recipe below is low in sodium and calories and is high in vitamin C and antioxidants from the raspberries. This recipe suits the needs of someone living with High Blood Pressure.

Recipe For Raspberry coffee Cake


2 1/2 cups fresh or frozen raspberries

1/3 cup packed light brown sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 cup (1 stick) margarine

1 cup granulated sugar

1 large egg

1 large egg white

1 tablespoon grated lemon zest

2 1/2 cups self-rising flour

1 1/4 cups reduced-fat (2%) milk

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour 13 x 9-inch baking pan. Toss 2 cups raspberries, brown sugar, and cinnamon in small bowl until berries are coated.

2. Cream margarine and granulated sugar in large bowl with electric mixer at high speed until light and fluffy, about

4 minutes. Add egg and egg white and beat 2 minutes. Beat in lemon zest. Reduce speed to low. Add flour alternately with milk, one-third at a time, stopping mixer occasionally to scrape bowl with rubber spatula. Do not over beat.

3. Spread half of batter into pan and sprinkle with raspberry mixture. Spoon remaining batter on top, spreading evenly. Swirl through batter several times with knife, then top with remaining raspberries.

4. Bake until toothpick inserted in centre comes out with moist crumbs clinging, 40–45 minutes. Cool in pan on wire rack 15 minutes.

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