According to the recent reports of the Department of Health, hypertension is still one of the leading causes of premature deaths in the Philippines. It is considered the number one contributing factor for global deaths, often causing strokes, heart attacks and other cardiovascular complications.
Over 12 million Filipinos suffer from hypertension, but more than half are unaware of their condition, earning the disease its tag as the “silent killer.”
If hypertension is left undiagnosed or untreated, it can lead to a stroke or heart attack, either of which can result in disability and even death.
In celebration of Hypertension Awareness Day, Rhea Generics, a health and wellness brand of Philusa Corp. shares some ways to reduce and manage your risk of hypertension and other cardiovascular diseases.
“Hypertension is a silent killer disease that we all have to watch out for. By changing our habits and being more mindful of what we eat, we lessen our chances of having further complications. We encourage Filipinos to celebrate Hypertension Awareness Day by taking a step towards healthy living,” shares Neogin Evangelista, Philusa Corp. president and general manager.
Be mindful of what you eat and drink
Filipino food is one of the richest in the world — think Bagnet, Liempo, Crispy Pata. While tasty, these types of food could increase your chances of getting hypertension. Try reducing your intake of these and add fruits and vegetables in your diet.
Maintain an active lifestyle
Being active for 30 minutes a day could greatly affect your overall well-being. Apart from going to the gym, one could also incorporate small active habits to amount to 30 minutes total. For instance, instead of taking the elevator, how about a few flights of stairs? Maintaining an active lifestyle helps reduce the risk of hypertension in your body, as well as shed off the extra pounds.
Know your numbers
Keeping track of important numbers such as your blood pressure, total cholesterol, blood sugar, and even BMI could inform you of your risks for cardiovascular diseases. Make sure to schedule regular appointments with your doctor for checkups, and immediate action in case there are signs of diseases.
For those who are already diagnosed with the condition, consistently drinking your maintenance medication could greatly help, and it doesn’t have to be expensive.
“Having regular checkups with a doctor and to monitor your blood pressure to determine whether you’re hypertensive or not is crucial. Being diagnosed to have hypertension, it is important to communicate openly with your doctor so that you understand your condition and its risks and management. Take your medication properly and seriously. Rhea Generics offers hypertension medicine for an affordable price but with world-class quality,” he said.
Check out http://philusa.com.ph/health-and-wellness/rhea-generics/.