About 75 million American adults (29 percent) have high blood pressure, or 1 in every 3 American adults, according to the U.S. Centers For Disease Control. It greatly increases the risk for heart disease and stroke, the first and third leading causes of death in the United States. It’s called the “silent killer” because it has no symptoms. It is the number one killer of Black men and women in the U.S.
Truly, a silent killer
They call it the “silent killer” because it has no symptoms, and nearly 28 percent of Americans don’t even know they have high blood pressure. It is such a subtle disease, which is why it is also so deadly. You may not know if you have high blood pressure. But you can prevent it by doing these 3 things:
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Exercise regularly
- Eat healthy
Family history means a higher risk
If you have a family history of high blood pressure, you may be at risk for the disease. But the good news is that it can be prevented. For people at high risk, there are foods you absolutely should never eat. These foods are particularly high in sodium which increases blood pressure. They include:
- Canned spaghetti sauce
- Boxed cereals and microwavable side dishes
- Canned/instant soup
- Frozen pizza
- Red meat
- Whole milk
- Deli meat/hot dogs
- Chinese food (takeout)
All of these foods on other similar foods can have as much as 7,980 mg of salt, or three days worth of sodium in just one meal. Black men and women that wish to avoid an early death should immediately change their diet, which may require reducing and/or completely avoiding eating foods that are high in sodium.
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