President, Blood Pressure Control Foundation Nigeria, Dr Jacob Nwachukwu, on Wednesday advised Nigerians to cultivate the habit of relaxation as a way of reducing stress related ailments.
Nwachukwu told NAN that stress related ailments such as stroke, diabetes and hypertension showed minor signs which were usually ignored until they became severe.
“Some of these ailments could lead to sudden deaths if not early detected, and properly managed by medical experts. They could occur almost immediately; someone who is apparently fit may be at risk; that is why routine checkup is of utmost importance,” he said.
Nwachukwu said hypertension is the most common stress related ailment that has affected many silently. He said hypertension is a chronic medical condition in which the blood pressure in the arteries elevated.
“Blood pressure measurement is consistently normal is it 140/90 but when the blood pressure is repeatedly 150/90 that is when there is hypertension.
“When somebody is hypertensive there are certain food modifications that one has to make to ensure the blood pressure is not aggravated,’’ Nwachukwu said. He said that the lifestyle of an individual affected the way the body reacts to issues.
Nwachukwu stressed the need for Nigerians to avoid consuming excessive salt and some food artificial seasoning, saying they could trigger such ailments. He said salt reduction is a preventive and treatment measure.
“Anybody diagnosed with having hypertension, should avoid fatty foods as much as possible, foods like meat, goat meat, cow leg have to be avoided.
“The person should take more of fish, chicken with the skin removed, more fruits and vegetables, avoid alcohol and sugary foods completely.”
Nwachukwu said taking medication and avoiding junk foods would go a long way in eradicating chronic conditions. He advised Nigerians to cultivate the habit of regular exercise and also create time for relaxation as well as disallow worries.