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Diet management and diet modification for a person with Hypertension.

BY: Deena David | Category: Food and Drinks | Post Date: 2009-09-10

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Hypertension is the increase in the blood pressure of individuals. When the blood pressure is above normal that what should be present for a particular age, then the person is said to be suffering from hypertension. Though according to definition a person is said to be suffering from hypertension only when the systolic pressure is more than 160 mm of Hg (mercury) and the diastolic pressure is more than 95mm of Hg.

The main objectives of diet management of a person with hypertension:

1. The diet should not cause any additional strain on the heart because of the effects of eating the particular food.

2. The diet should ensure that the blood lipid levels especially the cholesterol is reduced and not elevated by eating the food.

3. The diet should also be helpful in reducing and also treating the hypertension. This will in turn reduce the risk of the complications that can arise out of an increase in hypertension.

4. The diet should also make sure that the person affected by hypertension has a adequate balanced diet that can help to maintain the body weight of the individual and also to keep the person disease free.

Important guidelines on diet modification for a person with hypertension:

1. Spaced meals and balanced nutrition:
There are many benefits in eating a spaced meal with adequate nutrition. Spaced meals can help the person not to have a sudden urge to eat. It will also prevent the person from getting hungry. This in turn helps the person to be able to control the weight. A balanced nutrition can help the individual to be healthy and also to get all the essential foods in the meal. This will help to keep the person healthy.

2. Small frequent meals: This kind of eating helps to avoid excess stress on the heart. It will reduce the risk of increasing the blood pressure.

3. Foods to eat: The foods that are beneficial for a person suffering from hypertension are whole grains, vegetables, fruits with the skin and the seeds. Sea fish can be eaten. Food that is boiled, steamed and baked are better to help to maintain the levels of blood pressure.

4. Foods to be avoided: Foods rich in fat like cheese, peanut butter, salted butter. Fried foods should be avoided at all costs as it can increase the risk of heart disease, cholesterol and also hypertension. Other foods to be avoided include spices, condiments, ketchup, sauces, shell fish, dry fish, frozen peas and other similar foods. Beverages like alcohol should be avoided and also all drinks with caffeine content as it can increase the hypertension.

5. Salt rich diet should be avoided at all costs. Flavoring the food with various other substances can increase the taste of salt reduced diets.

6. While formulating a diet for a person suffering from hypertension, it is better to take into consideration the present food habits of the individual, the food availability and preferences and also the socio economic and cultural practices of the individual.

Following these will make sure that the person with hypertension will be able to reduce the risk of complications caused by hypertension.

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About Author / Additional Info: I have completed my Masters Degree in Paediatric Nursing. I am a writer with a passion for writing. I have been writing for some blogs and other sites. Comments are welcome at the following e mail address: deenaanddavid@gmail.com

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