According to National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, anyone can develop high blood pressure.
However, people with different age, race or ethnicity, being overweight, gender, lifestyle habits, and a family history of high blood pressure have different risks for developing high blood pressure.
Here are some factors that may increase your risk of the chronic disease. Remember that some factors you cannot control, but others you can.
Naturally, blood pressure tends to rise with age. In the US, about 65% of people age 60 or older can develop high blood pressure.
Nevertheless, the risk of pre-hypertension can go high in people at younger age. Recent studies have shown that overweight and obese children and teens can develop pre-hypertension.
This is another factor you cannot control. Researchers have found that high blood pressure is more common in African American adults than in Caucasian or Hispanic American adults.
Compared with these ethnic groups, African Americans tend to get high blood pressure earlier in life.
In addition, they on average have higher blood pressure numbers. They are also less likely to achieve target blood pressure goals with treatment.
If you are overweight or obese, then you are more likely to develop prehypertension or high blood pressure.
The terms “overweight” and “obese” refer to body weight that’s greater than what is considered healthy for a certain height. Usually you can use BMI to check if your body weight is healthy.
Men and Women have different risks for high blood pressure, and the risks change across time.
Before age 55, men are more likely than women to develop high blood pressure. But after age 55, women are more likely than men to develop high blood pressure.
Researchers already known that unhealthy lifestyle behaviors can raise the risk for high blood pressure.
This behavior includes eating too much sodium or too little potassium, lack of physical activity, drinking too much alcohol and have too much stress
Family History of the disease
A family history of high blood pressure can increase the risk of developing prehypertension or high blood pressure.
Some people have a high sensitivity to sodium and salt, which may increase their risk for high blood pressure and may run in families.
Genetic causes of this condition are why family history is a risk factor for this condition.
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