Blood Pressure: May Measurement Month 2019

5 April, 2019

If you keep up with the world of health and wellbeing, you may have heard of May Measurement Month. But the question remains – what is May Measurement Month, and why is it important?

This awareness campaign, organised by the International Society of Hypertension dedicates the whole month of May to raising awareness around high blood pressure, and, more importantly, getting your blood pressure checked.


Why is blood pressure so important?

High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is the third biggest risk factor for premature death in the UK, after poor diet and smoking. If left unchecked, it can lead to many life-threatening conditions, including:

  • Heart disease
  • Heart attacks
  • Strokes
  • Heart failure
  • Peripheral arterial disease
  • Aortic aneurysms
  • Kidney disease
  • Vascular dementia

Even more alarmingly, 1 in 4 UK adults have high blood pressure, and because it rarely has noticeable symptoms, many people may not realise that they have it.


Who is at risk of having high blood pressure?

The NHS lists the following factors that can raise your risk of having high blood pressure:

  • Age – the risk of developing high blood pressure increases as you get older
  • A family history of high blood pressure
  • Being of African or Caribbean origin
  • A high amount of salt in your food
  • A lack of exercise
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Regularly drinking large amounts of alcohol
  • Smoking
  • Long-term sleep deprivation

Around 1 in 20 cases of high blood pressure are caused by an underlying medical condition, or by certain medications.


What should you do to tackle high blood pressure?

One of the most important things you can do for your health is to get your blood pressure checked regularly. Healthy adults over the age of 40 should get their blood pressure checked at least once every 5 years.

Simple ways to help prevent high blood pressure include:

  • Eating a healthy diet (reducing salt consumption in particular)
  • Limiting your alcohol intake
  • Losing weight
  • Being more active
  • Cutting down on caffeine
  • Quitting smoking
  • Getting a good night’s sleep


Tackling high blood pressure at work

Here at New Leaf Health, we’re passionate about health and wellbeing, and we offer a full range of services aimed at creating healthier workplaces. Our Health Check Point is particularly well suited to identifying high blood pressure in staff, as well as giving them the information necessary to make healthier choices, and improve their overall health and wellbeing.

Staff who participate in this awareness day will learn their:

  • Blood Pressure (BP)
  • Body Fat %
  • Visceral Fat Rating
  • Muscle Mass
  • Total Body Water %
  • Weight and Body Mass Index
  • Basal Metabolic Rate
  • Metabolic Age

The day also includes a debrief to help attendees understand their results, and how they can make lifestyle changes to become healthier.

For more information on the New Leaf Health Check Point, click here.

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