Hypertension: Why it's called the Silent Killer

In my other life I am a health coordinator at an early childhood learning center. One of the children’s parents came up to me last week and described some symptoms that she had been having on and off for about 2 weeks, except this day, the symptoms weren’t going away and she developed some shortness of breath (sob). Before I took her blood pressure, she begin to excuse the breathing difficulties as, “Well I do get sob sometimes after walking,” and a few other excuses. Loving but firmly, I stopped her in her tracks and said, “Mrs. X We’re not excusing these symptoms. They mean something.” I could tell that she didn’t want to deal with what might be the truth. I continued, “Let me take your blood pressure.” Sure enough it was 200+/180. I stopped pumping the blood pressure at 200 because I didn’t want the cuff to pop off her arm as she was very overweight. I have seen her weight go up significantly in the last two years. Needless to say, she went straight to the emergency room and sure enough her blood pressure was 250/180. This parent was on her way to having a stroke or heart attack but God was on her side. She’s on blood pressure medication now, thank God! But that’s to control the symptoms. The root cause is still there and has to be dealt with.

Her husband works at the learning center and I followed up with him concerning their lifestyle and he admitted that every Friday evening, for years, they stopped at the rib shack and got their weekly rib tip meal deal and I’m sure it was accompanied by greasy French fries and some type of soda or “juice” (dessert in a bottle). This was their typical diet and I'm sure their daily diet was not that good either.

Hypertension/high blood pressure is called the silent killer for a reason: By the time you have symptoms, significant damage has been done to your cells and significant plaque from poor dietary habits have already caused hardening of your arteries. High blood pressure and heart disease doesn’t start the moment you go to the emergency room. It starts in childhood and the symptom shows up later in life. It starts at the local fast food places. It starts at the Sunday dinner’s we have at big mama’s house that usually consists of fried chicken, macaroni and cheese and big mama’s sweet potato pie. God bless big mama’s sweet potato pie and peach cobbler but it’s killing us. One bite at a time. We are not getting away with things the way we think we are. Our nutritional lifestyle shows up later in life.

As Speaker, Author and Health Coach, my desire is to help people understand that there is a correlation between what we eat and our health. There is a science to food and what we eat should have a positive effect on our health. Let your food be your medicine. Praying for divine healing is a good thing because for this reason was the Son of man manifested to destroy the work of the devil (1 John 3:8), but exercising wisdom is far better. God is not only a healer, He is a keeper. Follow His plan for your health. If you don’t know how join me and several other speakers at the Health & Wellness Retreat on April 2, 2016. I will personally be speaking on Maintaining Excellence Health. If this blog blesses you, convict you, inspire you to do better, write me and tell me about it. I would love to hear from you and share it your family and friends.

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