Did you guys know that in the United States, about 76.4 million people age 20 and older have high blood pressure? Out of that number, guess what race has the most people with this condition? Did you guess African Americans? Ding! Ding! Ding! You're exactly right! For African Americans, 43% percent of men and 45.7% of women have high blood pressure. Projections show that by 2030, an additional 27 million people could suffer from this condition, a 9.9% increase in prevalence from 2010. High blood pressure was listed as a primary or contributing cause of death in about 347,689 of more than 2.4 million U.S. death in 2008. From 1998 to 2008, the death rate from high blood pressure increased 20.2%, and the actual number of deaths rose 49.7%.
I don't know about you guys, but these statistics scared the heck out of me! High blood pressure is eating out racing alive...Literally! Let's challenge each other to at least TWO healthy items a day and not so much greasy and salty foods. Let's be the generation to bring these statistics & percentage down, and send this high blood pressure back packing! Are you down?