Can People Aged 11-16 Get High Blood Pressure?

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Hello ….. can teenagers aged 12-17 get high blood pressure, cholesterol? thank you

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Hi raqi,

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Hypertension (high blood pressure) and hypercholesterolemia (high blood cholesterol) are synonymous with the elderly. However, it does not mean that these two diseases are impossible in people who are still young like you.

Hypertension is defined as an increase in blood pressure up to 130/80 mmHg or more. Diastolic hypertension is more common at a young age. According to many experts, this condition occurs because the heart contracts to pump blood stronger. Hypertension at a young age can occur due to various factors, but the most common is obesity (overweight). In addition, other factors that can increase your risk of developing hypertension at a young age are:

Sedentary lifestyle, which is too much sitting, silent, and lazy to do physical activities and exercise Excessive alcohol consumption High salt diet High blood cholesterol Insulin resistance Sleep disorders, for example obstructive sleep apnea and snoring Poor emotional control Genetic (hereditary) Cholesterol is really needed by the body for the formation of healthy cells. However, excessive cholesterol can cause various negative effects on your health. The deposition of excess cholesterol in the blood vessels can cause blood flow to various parts of the organs to be not optimal. As a result, you are more likely to have a heart attack and stroke. Most of the factors that increase your risk of developing hypertension will also increase your risk of developing hypercholesterolemia. In addition, hypercholesterolemia is also triggered by a poor diet, which is consuming too many foods that contain saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol.

Both hypertension and hypercholesterolemia are both preventable and controllable diseases. With early prevention and control, the potential complications that may arise can be minimized. For that, you should check with a doctor or an internal medicine specialist so that the possibility of disease can be detected and treated early.

In addition, also prevent hypertension and hypercholesterolemia by living a healthy lifestyle, namely by:

Live a healthy diet: Reduce foods that contain high salt Reduce foods that are high in saturated fats, trans fats and cholesterol Increase vegetables and fruit Increase water less portion, but eat with discipline 2 to 4 times a day. smoking or consuming alcohol Adequate rest Control your emotions wisely Hope it helps ya ..

dr. Nadia Nurotul Fuadah

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