May Measurement Month

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During ‘May Measurement Month’ Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland aim to educate the public and increase awareness of hypertension, which is also commonly known as high blood pressure.

High blood pressure is a major cause of a range of health problems such as strokes, heart attacks and kidney disease, and can also contribute to dementia. Many people living with high blood pressure are not aware that they have it as there can be no symptoms, often people only find out following a heart attack or stroke.

High blood pressure is very common, making it a major public health issue – and it is set to grow. In 2000, the estimated number of adults living with high blood pressure globally was 972 million. This is expected to increase to 1.56 billion by 2025.

Dr Raj Than, Leicester City GP said that “a lot of people in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland have high blood pressure but do not know they have it.” Therefore, with early intervention, more serious complications can often be avoided, so checking your blood pressure is key and many places are offering free blood pressure checks such as:

  • Local pharmacies
  • Leisure Centres
  • NHS Health Checks
  • GP Surgeries

What can I do to reduce the risk of high blood pressure?

Prevention is key and individuals can reduce their risk by following these ten guidelines:

  1. Maintain a healthy body weight
  2. Exercise for an average of 30 minutes a day
  3. Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables – daily
  4. Cut down on salt consumption
  5. Reduce fat and sugar intake
  6. Don’t smoke tobacco
  7. Reduce caffeine intake
  8. Don’t drink too much alcohol – stick to daily recommendations
  9. Add beetroot and beetroot juice to your diet
  10. Avoid stress where possible and allow time for relaxation

For more information please visit : www.westleicestershireccg.nhs.uk/your-health-and-services/managing-blood-pressure