Weight and Blood Pressure Measurements
Importance of weight measurements
Measuring and monitoring your weight have become a must right now.
Obesity in Alberta and Calgary is a complex and growing concern. According to the estimates of the Health Quality Council of Alberta in 2014, 35.2% of Albertans were overweight, and 23.9% were obese.
For Calgary, 2003 to 2017, the percentage of reported overweight Calgarians fluctuated between 46.6% and 55.5%.
Many factors contribute to obesity, including lifestyle choices, such as diet, physical activity, and genetic factors. When extreme, obesity often requires treatment by a healthcare team.
The health consequences of obesity are serious. Obesity increases the risk of many chronic diseases, such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancer. It also contributes to joint problems and can make it difficult to breathe.
Obesity is a serious problem that requires a comprehensive approach. Treatment should focus on lifestyle changes, such as healthy eating and increased physical activity. Medical interventions, such as weight-loss surgery may also be necessary for some people.
Ogden Pharmacy can help you control your obesity through our free, complete weight monitoring and control package, which includes:
- Continuous onsite monitoring of your weight in each of your visits to us.
- Supplying you with a free online ideal weight calculator (within our website) based on the most recent body of research.
- Also, we provide you with a free online body fat percentage calculator (also through our website) to help you differentiate between your lean body (muscle) mass and your body fats.
- We are providing you with a free online optimum calorie intake calculator (through our website) to have an idea about the necessary calories to decrease, maintain, or increase your weight.
Blood Pressure Measurements
Like obesity, hypertension is now becoming a significant concern.
Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a significant risk factor for heart disease and stroke. According to the Canadian Heart Health Survey, about one in seven Canadians has high blood pressure. In Alberta, the prevalence of hypertension is similar to the national average.
Hypertension is more common in older adults, but it can affect people. Developing hypertension increases with age, weight, family history, and other factors.
There are many different types of hypertension, but the most common is essential or primary hypertension. This type of hypertension has no known cause, but it is thought to be related to lifestyle factors such as diet, stress, and smoking.
Diet is also a significant factor in the development of hypertension. A diet high in salt can cause the body to keep water and raise blood pressure. Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables can help to lower blood pressure.
Stress is another risk factor for hypertension. Stress can cause the body to release hormones that constrict blood vessels and raise blood pressure. Managing stress through relaxation techniques such as yoga or meditation can help to lower blood pressure.
Smoking is a major risk factor for hypertension. Smoking cigarettes constricts blood vessels and raises blood pressure. Quitting smoking can lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of developing hypertension.
Ogden Pharmacy pharmacists will help you monitor your blood pressure through our free blood pressure measuring device. We will also ensure that your blood pressure medication inventory is adequate and continuously available.