Health Risks Hypertension

Based on your genetics, your genetic predisposition for Hypertension is

Normal
12.35
0%
8.24
31.1
100%

What does this mean?

 Your genotypes indicate that you have a typical risk for hypertension. See below for some recommendations to maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle.

How Is Your Genetic Risk Calculated?

Your genetic risk assessment is

12.35

This result is based on the SNPs(single nucleotide polymorphism)that are associated with Hypertension.

Genes
Your Genotype
What it means?
Genes: AGTR1
Your Genotype: AA
What it means? Typical
Genes: STK39
Your Genotype: GG
What it means? Typical
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Limitations

This report does not diagnose any health conditions or provide medical advice. This should not be used as a diagnostic tool.
This result is limited to existing scientific research.
Please consult with a healthcare professional before making any major lifestyle changes or if you have any other concerns about your results.

What is Hypertension?

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, refers to the force of the body’s blood pushing against the inner walls of the blood vessels, especially the arteries (blood vessels in the heart). Each time the heart contracts, it pumps blood into the arteries.

Blood pressure is not constant throughout the day, it is lowest when you’re sleeping and it can also go up when you are excited, nervous or physically active.

A healthy blood pressure is below 120/80 mmHg (millimetres of mercury), expressed verbally as 120 over 80. A blood pressure of 140/90 mmHg or higher indicates high blood pressure in subjects who are not taking antihypertensive medication or better known as medication for high blood pressure.

Blood pressure is measured both by the amount of blood the heart pumps and the amount of resistance for blood flow in your arteries. When the arteries are tighten or becomes constricted, the heart has to put in more effort to pump blood into the small spaces of the artery, an this creates pressure inside the artery.

How It Affects Your Body

Hypertension causes damage to blood vessels over time. Depending on the severity of vessels, different complications may arise in different parts of our body.

Vessels damage in the brain may lead to aneurysms, dementia, cognitive, stroke, and motor function deterioration. Vision and other sensory functions may also be affected. Heart complications may arise due to cardiac stress, leading to cardiovascular complications such as heart arrhythmia and failure. Renal and other organ functions may also deteriorate. Sexual performance and ability may also drastically deteriorate due to the inability to supply and maintain sufficient blood to the sexual organs.

Symptoms

Risk Factors Can Influence The Risk of Developing Hypertension

Genetics are NOT the only risk factor for Hypertension.
Hypertension is believed to be caused by a combination of environmental, genetic and lifestyle factors. Now that you have learnt about your genetic risk, you can determine how aggressively you need to make lifestyle changes to reduce your risk.
The earlier in your life that you commit to living a healthy lifestyle, the more you can reduce your risk for or delay the development of Hypertension.

Family History

If your parents or other close blood relatives have high blood pressure, there’s an increased chance of developing high blood pressure.

Age

As we age, our blood vessels gradually lose some of their elastic quality, which can contribute to increased blood pressure.

Weight

Being overweight or obese, and the lack of physical activities increases the risk of developing high blood pressure.

Diet

A diet that is too high in salt consumption, as well as calories, saturated and trans fat, and sugar, carries an additional risk of high blood pressure.

Smoking

Using tobacco can cause your blood pressure to temporarily increase and can contribute to damaged arteries. Secondhand smoke, exposure to other people’s smoke, also increases the risk of heart disease for nonsmokers.

Suggested Lifestyle Changes

Dietary Recommendations:

  1. Aim to have a healthier diet regime including eating more fruits, vegetables, and fish, and reducing saturated fat intake.
  2. Aim to reduce your salt intake by avoiding processed (fried food, canned food, fast food) foods that commonly contain high salt (sodium) content.
  3. Reduce alcohol consumption. Excessive alcohol consumption can damage the blood vessels which increases the risk of hypertension.

Lifestyle Recommendations:

  1. Avoid or quit smoking as smoking is one of the major risk factors for high blood pressure.
  2. Maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight or obese drastically increase the risk of hypertension.
  3. Aim to increase your physical activity. Have modest levels of aerobic exercise on a regular basis (e.g. brisk walk or swim for 30-45 min, 3-4 times a week).

Result Explanation Recommendations:

  1. Maintain a healthy weight. For individuals who are overweight or obese, losing weight can also help to increase HDL levels.
  2. Stay active by maintaining regular physical activity. Workouts like strength training, high-intensity exercise and aerobic exercise are shown to have positive effects of HDL levels.
  3. Stop smoking as it can suppress your HDL cholesterol.
  4. Consume moderate amounts of alcohol. In fact, moderate consumption of red wine can help to improve HDL levels and lower risks of heart diseases.
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