High blood pressure or hypertension affects around 30% of adults worldwide, according to the World Health Organization.
It can be caused by various factors, including:
- Excessive alcohol consumption
- Being overweight or obese
- Lack of exercise
- Other underlying health conditions such as diabetes
Alongside diabetes and cigarette smoking, high blood pressure is considered to be a risk factor for heart disease.
Research shows that it can also sometimes lead to gum disease.
So, if you have high blood pressure, make sure you let your dentist know.
To reduce the risk of developing hypertension, professionals recommend maintaining a balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle with regular exercise.
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