According to the World Health Organization, approximately one billion people worldwide have high blood pressure. High blood pressure (hypertension) is a very serious condition which typically does not have any symptoms. Oftentimes, people can have it for years without knowing it. However, the damage high blood pressure does to the body can be tremendous. It can damage the heart, blood vessels, kidneys and other parts of the body. Many people don’t experience any high blood pressure symptoms. Symptoms may include dizziness, headaches and excessive nose bleeds. However, these symptoms may not manifest until blood pressure levels are very high. High blood pressure is frequently a precursor to heart disease and stroke which kills many people each year.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) approximately 715,000 Americans have a heart attack each year. Also approximately 600,000 people die from heart disease in the United States each year. Heart disease is currently the leading cause of death in the United States for both men and women.
Large numbers of commercial truck drivers have high blood pressure. Commercial truck drivers deal with various challenges. Suspected causes of high blood pressure include smoking, poor food choices, alcohol, insufficient exercise, excessive salt consumption, smoking and being overweight or obese. Consequently, high blood pressure can oftentimes be prevented or managed by lifestyle changes. This should include exercise and healthy diets.
Exercise: Truck drivers are very busy and on the road for extended periods of time. They often don’t think about exercising or are too tired to do so. However, exercise is one of the most important things that a person can do for their health. Exercise can help you to maintain a healthy weight and lower cholesterol and blood pressure. Over the road drivers are constantly in different locations so it may not be easy to get to a fitness center even though some truckstops have fitness centers.
Truck drivers may be motivated to exercise if they keep a few types of portable exercise equipment in their truck so they can exercise at their convenience. It is important to do some type of exercise, particularly moderate intensity level exercises for at least 30 minutes most days of the week. Walking or jogging around the truckstop is also good if you can do so safely. Many truckstops have walking trails to enable drivers to do so safely.
Healthy Diets: Truck drivers make healthy diets a top priority. This can include reducing the consumption of red meat. Also eat limited amounts of fish and include plenty of whole grain foods, fruits and vegetables. Also it is important to reduce salt intake and drink plenty of water not soft drinks or energy drinks. Truck drivers typically don’t drink enough water. This is because they believe they are constantly driving and will need more bathroom breaks. It is important for drivers to avoid becoming dehydrated. Water will help thin the blood and keep you hydrated. This also helps eliminate cholesterol waste from the body. However, you should consume the best quality water that you are able to get.
Stress: Truck drivers should manage their stress levels because excess stress is a contributing cause of high blood pressure. Exercise is an excellent way to reduce stress levels. Meditation is also an excellent technique to reduce stress levels. Truck drivers can take 15 minutes each day to relax and calm the mind. It is especially important to calm the mind before going to sleep. Poor quality sleep causes many negative effects such as decreasing your energy level and physical health. It can also reduce the level of alertness and cause you be sleep impaired while driving which could increase their risk of being in an accident.
It is important to check your blood pressure on a regular basis because high blood pressure does not have any symptoms. Managing your blood pressure naturally through lifestyle changes can be the best way of successful managing your blood pressure.