Watch our BP! And live longer quality life PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 May 2014 16:49

I think more than 5 of my high school classmates below 50 of age who died from heart attacks. They left behind grieving widows and children to fend for themselves. A son of a prominent local doctor who is only in his mid-30’s also died of it unexpectedly. Checking our blood pressure regularly can save our lives.

Per se, I learned, hypertension (high blood pressure) does not kill, it is the complications that it creates that can disable or kill us. Studies have shown that increased blood pressure was the cause of an estimated 9.4 million deaths and 162 million years of life lost in 2010. It caused of 50% of heart disease, stroke and heart failure;13% of deaths overall and over 40% of deaths in people with diabetes; and is the leading risk for fetal and maternal death in pregnancy, dementia, and renal failure.

That’s why I was happy to learn from Christine Lim of Zamboanga City Health Office that her office observed International Hypertension Day last Monday May 19. It is a worldwide awareness campaign to encourage people to watch and monitor their blood pressure seriously which is set annually every May 17.

City Health Officer Dr. Rodel Agbulos spearheaded the event which was supported by our City Mayor Beng Salazar. City Government workers as well as passersby had their blood pressure checked for free after the city hall flag ceremony. A blood pressure booth was set-up in front of city hall.

As our daily lives become more sedentary and stressful, and diets loaded with saturated fats become the norm (no thanks to fast food outlets), high blood pressure is becoming a serious concern. And recent studies indicate that there are more than 12.6 million Filipinos with hypertension, and half of them are not aware of their condition until they begin to suffer symptoms or complications associated with it.

Pep Talk suggest perhaps local companies with no company clinic should have their own BP apparatus  to encourage their employees to have a habit of checking their BP regularly before it goes out control. It will be a good indicator about the current health condition of their employees and help company not to be placed in predicament wherein an employee suddenly collapsed due to high blood pressure. As they say, prevention is better than cure.

By Dante Corteza

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”