How Health Risks of High Blood Pressure Can Be Reduced with Heart-Healthy Diet
With May marking National High Blood Pressure Education Month, BistroMD’s founding physician reveals how a healthy diet can help the millions of people living with this condition.
As a board-certified bariatric physician, and as the founding physician at BistroMD, the weight loss program that delivers meals for a lighter, healthier you, and the founder of the Cederquist Medical Wellness Center in Naples, FL, Caroline J. Cederquist, M.D., regularly works with patients who struggle with high blood pressure.
“According to the American Heart Association, 74.5 million people age 20 or older have high blood pressure.” says Dr. Cederquist. “For many of my patients, high blood pressure develops due to a combination of poor diet and unhealthy lifestyle choices. As a physician who specializes in weight management, my goal is to teach my patients how to manage their weight loss and high blood pressure with a heart-healthy diet.”
High blood pressure is a condition in which the blood pumping through your arteries exerts a higher than normal force against your arterial walls. If high blood pressure is not managed properly, it can lead to major health problems, like cardiovascular disease.
Today, 1 out of every 3 adults in America lives with cardiovascular disease.
“Cardiovascular disease develops due to years of strain on the major arteries and vessels in your heart,” says Dr. Cederquist. “If you are overweight, your heart has to work much harder to pump blood through your body. This extra pressure placed on your arteries can damage them, and causes fatty matter, known as plaque, to build up, causing the passageways in your arteries to narrow.”
This narrowing of your arterial passageway causes the heart to put forth great effort, pumping too much blood, far too fast, and far too hard. This causes high blood pressure, and can lead to fatal conditions, like cardiovascular disease and stroke.
With a lifetime of experience in her field, Dr. Cederquist has spent years of research developing a heart-healthy diet for those who also struggle with weight loss. Her heart-healthy meal plan helps control high blood pressure, through healthy combinations of food, rather than medicine.
“High blood pressure can be managed effectively with the appropriate diet,” says Dr. Cederquist. “The heart-healthy meals I have developed for BistroMD are low in sodium, and contain the appropriate balance of protein, carbohydrates, fiber, and healthy fats to re-train your metabolism to burn excess stored fat. This helps prevent plaque from building up in your arterial walls, which helps control your blood pressure, and helps reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease.”
Other than eating a heart-healthy diet, it is important to visit your physician for regular check-ups so you can monitor your blood pressure range.
For more information about the heart healthy meals developed by Caroline J. Cederquist, M.D., for BistroMD, please visit: www.BistroMD.com for more information, or call: (866) 401-DIET.