Biomarker # 8, won’t likely come as a great surprise to anyone. If you have been following along over the last several posts, you will now know that the there are 10 Biomarkers of Vitality! And these biomarkers of vitality you can alter for yourself.. Although it may take some discipline, it will truly make a difference to your health span
This is what I covered so far, number 1 muscle mass, 2 strength, 3 basal metabolic rate, 4 Body percent fat, 5 aerobic capacity, 6 blood-sugar tolerance and 7 cholesterol/HDL ratio.
Number 8 is Blood Pressure
It has been called the silent killer. The causes of elevated blood pressure are hereditary, obesity, high amounts of fat, salt and alcohol in the diet, smoking and TOO LITTLE EXERCISE!!
Fortunately, most of these can be controlled.
Do you know someone who has high blood pressure? Are they encouraged to decrease there salt intake? According to the info in the book I have read “Biomarkers, the 10 keys to prolonging vitality”, only 10 % of the general population have a blood pressure decrease by decreasing their salt intake.. Interesting…
Fewer people than that realize that REGULAR EXERCISE can be extremely helpful! A number of studies suggest that vigorous exercise workouts may be an effective to prevent and treat high blood pressure. ( that is a vigorous workout, not your stroll in the park or steady walk workout)
Dallas’ Cooper Institute for Aerobics Research found that people who maintain their fitness have a 34 percent lower risk of developing hypertension.
Other investigators have found that even those who already have high blood pressure can lower if for at least an hour following a single bout of exercise!!
Those bits of information should really cause us to wake and decide if that is a better way to help out blood pressure than any medication a doctor puts us on!! Don’t you think?
However I think that it is a sad fact that many many many people won’t do the exercise, but they will take the ‘pill’ for the high blood pressure!!
What is your experience with the people you know? With yourself? Do you know someone who takes medication for high blood pressure? Do you know someone who is keeping their blood pressure in a healthy range by exercise.
Once again exercise is a helper here in terms of vitality… Your health span needs your exercising!