Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) is a therapeutic approach to treating medical conditions and their associated symptoms via the use of a specifically tailored diet devised and monitored by a Registered Dietitian.
Most Chronic diseases — such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and arthritis — are the leading causes of death and disability in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control. Poor nutrition is one of the modifiable health risk behaviors responsible for development and severity of these dieases.Prevention is the most effective, affordable way to your risk.
Sometimes what you don’t know can kill you, but putting knowledge into action can save your life. High blood pressure (HBP), or hypertension is a disease. Although may who suffer from Hypertension have no symptoms, high blood pressure can can damage the heart, blood vessels, eyes and other organs. The American Heart Associated estimated that approximately 80 million U.S. adults have been diagnosed with High Blood pressure.
Risk factors for developing Hypertension:
- Family History – Hair and eye color are no the only things that run in families- so can high blood pressure. If your parents or close relatives have HBP, you are most likely to develop it too.
- Advanced Age- As we age blood vessels lose flexibility which can contribute to increased blood pressure.
- Gender related risk patterns – A higher percentage of men than women have HBP until 45 years of age. After that, the roles change and women become more prominent.
- Sedentary lifestyle- Physical activity helps the heart and circulatory system. A sedentary lifestyle will increase the chance of HBP, heart disease and stroke.
- Poor Diet – A diet that is high in calories, fats and sugar contributes directly to poor health and obesity. In addition, a diet high in sodium can cause HBP. Salt keeps excess fluid in the body that can add tot he burden of the heart.
The good news is many cases of stroke and heart attacks are preventable through lifestyle changes. A Registered Dietitian can provide guidance on how to follow a heart healthy diet to prevent any further complications. Come see us today!