Hypertension is the medical term for high blood pressure. More than 70 million American adults suffer from the condition, which, if left untreated, can lead to a fatal heart attack.
“Hypertension is multifactorial, meaning blood pressure may gently increase over time due to a lot of different factors: chronic stress, poor diet, and family and genetic influences that were present from the moment you were conceived, but express much later in life,” says Vikash Modi, M.D., a Piedmont family medicine physician. “Most of the time, there’s no one simple solution to stopping or reversing high blood pressure. It takes a lot of work with treatments and patient’s themselves to get their blood pressure under control.”
While mildly or moderately elevated blood pressures may cause mild or moderate “daily” damage to your body’s systems, a sudden sharp elevation from an extremely stressful situation, or a new chemical in your system (as simple as caffeine) can be the proverbial “straw that broke the camel’s back.”
“The damage could have been brewing for years quietly,” says Dr. Modi. “But then one bad day, it sneaks up on you when you least expect it.”
Diabetes strikes nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States. According to the American Diabetes Association, it is the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S.
Diabetes can increase the risk of heart disease, and it can cause problems with the eyes, skin and nervous system. It’s easy for diabetes symptoms to go undetected, but frequent urination, fatigue, weight loss and blurred vision are all symptoms of the condition.
Adopting a healthy lifestyle and scheduling routine checkups can help prevent or catch these silent killers before it’s too late.