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What increases the chance of high blood pressure for African-Americans?

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Just being African-American is a risk factor for developing high blood pressure. Others things include:

  • Older age
  • Excessive weight
  • A family history of high blood pressure
  • Having diabetes
  • Not being active
  • High levels of salt and fat in your diet
  • Little potassium in your diet
  • Smoking

SOURCES: American Academy of Family Physicians: "High Blood Pressure: Things You Can Do to Help Lower Yours." Mayo Clinic: "How being black affects your blood pressure." National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: "Your Guide to Lowering High Blood Pressure."  WebMD Medical Reference: "High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)," and "How adrenaline regulates blood pressure." American Medical Association.




Reviewed by James Beckerman on October 10, 2017

SOURCES: American Academy of Family Physicians: "High Blood Pressure: Things You Can Do to Help Lower Yours." Mayo Clinic: "How being black affects your blood pressure." National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: "Your Guide to Lowering High Blood Pressure."  WebMD Medical Reference: "High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)," and "How adrenaline regulates blood pressure." American Medical Association.




Reviewed by James Beckerman on October 10, 2017

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