Need Additional Supplements To Treat Hypertension And Gout?
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Hypertension is a condition in which blood pressure rises to 130/80 mmHg or more. The exact cause is not yet known. However, several factors such as aging, genetics, smoking, obesity, lack of exercise, a high-salt diet, alcohol consumption, and stress are strongly suspected to be the trigger. In addition, hypertension can also occur as a secondary effect of several diseases, such as diabetes, kidney disease, thyroid gland disorders, and so on.
Hypertension is often not realized by the sufferer because the symptoms are often vague, namely only a headache or stiff neck. However, this condition needs to be treated comprehensively considering the risk of causing various complications, such as heart attack, stroke, aneurysm (abnormally bulging blood vessels and prone to rupture), kidney damage, metabolic syndrome, and so on.
Meanwhile, hyperuricemia (increased levels of uric acid in the blood) is defined as a condition in which the joints become inflamed due to excess uric acid deposition. In general, joint complaints will occur when uric acid levels in the blood reach 7 mg/dL or more. However, some people can also experience higher sensitivity, so gout symptoms can appear even though uric acid levels are still in the normal range.
There are several factors that can cause hyperuricemia, one of the main ones coming from a high-purine diet. This condition can occur, for example, if you consume too much offal, seafood, or red meat. Excessive consumption of sugary foods, alcohol, side effects of drugs, and also a history of diseases, such as chronic kidney failure, diabetes, hypertension, obesity, high cholesterol, osteoarthritis, and metabolic syndrome can also increase a person's risk of experiencing hyperuricemia.
Both hypertension and hyperuricemia are mainly related to an unhealthy lifestyle. Therefore, the key to treating these two conditions is actually lifestyle modification. In the early stages, your doctor will usually recommend that you undergo the following series of efforts:
Regular exercise 3 to 4 times a week, for example jogging, aerobic exercise, swimming, cycling Adjust diet: Limit diet high in purines, high in salt, high in carbohydrates Limit consumption of instant foods and preservatives Increase fiber, vegetables, fruit, water Increase nuts Replace red meat with fish, poultry, stay away from alcohol and caffeine Drink enough water Manage stress wisely Maintain ideal body weight In addition to recommending you to maintain a healthy lifestyle, the doctor will also perform a series of examinations, ranging from laboratory, X-ray, heart records , and so on to rule out possible organic causes related to your complaint. Furthermore, treatment can be carried out according to the underlying cause of your condition accompanied by blood pressure control drugs, uric acid lowering, and other drugs according to the symptoms you feel.
There is no need for people with hypertension or gout to take additional supplements as you mentioned. Because, there is no adequate scientific evidence related to the benefits and side effects of consuming these supplements, especially when done in the long term. If you can ensure that your nutritional needs are met through a proper diet and balanced with a healthy lifestyle, generally your quality of life will improve and the possibility of serious complications can be prevented. Don't forget, do regular control of your hypertension and uric acid status to the doctor at the nearest health facility.
I hope this helps.
dr. Nadia Nurotul Fuadah