Based on your genetics, your genetic predisposition for Hypertension is
What does this mean?
Your genotypes indicate that you have normal risk for Hypertension.
How Is Your Genetic Risk Calculated?
This result is based on the SNPs(single nucleotide polymorphism)that are associated with Hypertension.
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.
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.
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.
Being overweight or obese, and the lack of physical activities increases the risk of developing high blood pressure.
Until age 64, men are more likely to get high blood pressure than women are. At 65 and older, women are more likely to get high blood pressure.
As we age, our blood vessels gradually lose some of their elastic quality, which can contribute to increased blood pressure.
If your parents or other close blood relatives have high blood pressure, there’s an increased chance of developing high blood pressure.
Suggested Lifestyle Changes
- Aim to have a healthier dietary regime including eating more fruits, vegetables and fish, and reducing saturated fat intake.
- Aim to reduce your salt intake by avoiding processed (fried food, canned food, fast food) foods which commonly contain high salt (sodium) content.
- Moderation of alcohol consumption
- Quit smoking since smoking is one of the major risk factor for high blood pressure.
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Aim to increase your physical activity. Have modest levels of aerobic exercise on a regular basis (e.g. brisk walk or a swim for 30-45 min, 3-4x a week). However, isometric exercise e.g. heavy weight lifting should be avoided.