We have talked a lot about blood pressure on this blog. We talked about it here and most recently, we mentioned that high blood pressure is public enemy number one when it comes to the risk of having a stroke. But what you may not have known is that while the month of May is Stroke Awareness Month, it is also National High Blood Pressure Education Month and the goal is to encourage people to look at various lifestyle factors which may be contributing to high blood pressure.
What if lifestyle isn’t a factor? What if someone eats all the right things, exercises, and is healthy and still has high blood pressure? Does heredity play a part at all?
A recent study was done, on human kidneys, to determine if there are any genetic factors that may influence blood pressure. The results were very interesting……
“Key genes were identified in the study, micro RNAs (mRNAs) and messenger RNAs (miRNAs) in the kidneys that could be causes of high blood pressure. The study also revealed 2 microRNAs which play a role in the regulation of a hormone known as renin and long considered to play to part in controlling blood pressure.”
Evidently, researchers analyzed kidney tissue from a controlled group of people with high blood pressure and samples from a controlled group of people whose blood pressure was in the “normal” range. There was a definite difference in the hormone production between the two groups signifying that the hormone, renin does, in fact, cause high blood pressure and genes play a part in the production of renin.
Knowing this, doesn’t it make sense to perhaps try and prevent high blood pressure, if your blood pressure is currently in the normal range, instead of waiting for it to get high to do anything about it? That’s what National Blood Pressure Education Month is all about…..educating yourself and taking care of your heart health. This infographic below shows what is good and what is bad when it comes to heart health.