The Link Between Your Weight and High Blood Pressure

Most Americans are carrying around extra weight that may cause health problems, like high blood pressure. High blood pressure is also called hypertension, and it can lead to severe issues, like stroke, heart disease, kidney disease, and even heart failure.

Our team at Apex Medical Professionals in Fair Lawn, New Jersey, can treat a number of conditions. In addition to high blood pressure management, Walid‌ ‌Elkhalili, MD, and ‌Basel‌ ‌Batarseh, MD, have a team of experts to help customize weight loss plans, too.

What is hypertension?

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a disease of the cardiovascular system in which there is too much pressure in the blood vessels. High blood pressure is specified as 130/80 or higher.

There is a complex interplay between different processes in the body that control blood pressure. Your blood pressure varies according to the circumstances. A higher heart rate increases blood flow to the body and raises blood pressure whenever you're stressed or excited, for example. During sleep or relaxation, it sinks. 

High blood pressure is common in pregnant women, as well as in those with diabetes. Genetic factors may play a role in hypertension. Another cause of high blood pressure is obesity, so physical activity and proper nutrition are essential.

What’s the link between my weight and high blood pressure?

As your weight increases, so does your blood pressure, so you’re more likely to develop high blood pressure if you’re overweight. Losing even a little bit of weight can reduce your risk of high blood pressure and goes a long way toward treating and preventing serious problems.

Get healthy by shedding pounds

The key to losing weight is to consume fewer calories than you burn. But don't crash-diet in order to lose those pounds quickly. When you lose weight slowly, losing about a half to one pound a week, you experience the healthiest and most long-lasting results. 

In fact, you can lose about one pound in a week by cutting back by 500 calories a day, eating less, and exercising more.

Your weight loss plan

Of course, losing weight is easier said than done, and we at Apex Medical Professionals understand the struggle. 

Besides lifestyle adjustments such as limiting your calories, getting regular exercise, and developing a nutritionally sound eating plan, we offer prescription medications to help you on your weight loss journey.

When taken together with a healthy diet and exercise, prescription medications can help you lose weight by reducing your appetite, increasing metabolism, blocking fat absorption, or making you feel full, depending on the prescription.

We may also prescribe an injectable weight loss medication such as Saxenda®, which is FDA-approved for adults who are obese or overweight and have a weight-related medical condition, like high blood pressure or Type 2 diabetes. 

Saxenda works by regulating your appetite like a hormone naturally found in your body, making you feel less hungry.

If any of these options sound right for you, we can help. Stop hypertension before it starts by losing excess weight. If you’re ready to develop a weight loss plan with our experts, call us today or request an appointment online.

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