|Excess weight and obesity can be factors in hypertension, or high blood
pressure, a risk factor for developing cardiovascular
If left untreated, hypertension can also be a factor in kidney
disease, and congestive heart failure.
Hypertension is a common condition which can remain
asymptomatic (undiagnosed) until relatively late in its course.
Several studies have indicated that insulin resistance and
resulting hyperinsulinemia (elevated insulin in the blood) can lead
to unhealthy blood pressure levels. This is because elevated levels
of insulin can be a factor in atherosclerosis, a build-up of fatty
deposits which directly affects the diameter of the inside of
the blood vessel.
Your blood pressure is determined by cardiac output – how much
blood the heart is pumping per beat, total peripheral resistance
and how easily the blood is pumped to the farthest points of the
body. Blood pressure itself is affected by various factors, such
as genetics, lifestyle, and environment. Unhealthy blood
pressure, can increase your chance for Cardiovascular Disease.
Think of your vascular system as a complex, interlocking web of
hoses, similar to the garden variety. The smaller the size of
the hose, the more pressure on all of the other hoses in the
body as less blood flows through per minute. The heart must pump
harder to get blood to distant sites through the decreased
diameter of vessels. This can increase the pressure on the entire
cardiovascular system, causing unhealthy blood pressure.
Atherosclerosis occurs when deposits of fatty substances like
cholesterol, cellular waste products and fibrous tissue build up
in the inner lining of an artery. This build-up is commonly
called plaque and most scientists agree it begins with damage to
the innermost layer of the artery wall. Damage
can occur from elevated levels of "bad" cholesterol and triglycerides
in the blood, high blood pressure, tobacco smoke and Type 2
Diabetes can be a factor.
Chronic elevations of glucose and insulin can be symptoms of Insulin Resistance, an underlying factor in
excess weight, and obesity. One risk factor for
atherosclerosis can be elevated level of triglycerides. Iincreaed production of
triglycerides can be related to insulin secretion.
As insulin comes in contact with the interior wall of the
arteries, it can be caustic to the tissue and can cause the initial
injury that can produce plaque. As plaque builds up on the interior
wall of the arteries, the circumference of the arteries
can decrease, thus increasing the pressure of the blood rushing
through the entire vascular system.
This complex interaction can become a health concern
when high blood pressure rises in unhealthy levels. Hypertension makes your
heart work harder than normal and, as a result, both the heart
and arteries are more prone to injury. High blood pressure
can increase the risk of heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, eye
damage, and congestive heart failure. If you have hypertension,
suffer from excess weight or obesity, smoke or have high
cholesterol levels or type 2 diabetes, your risk for Cardiovascular Disease can increase dramatically.
Untreated high blood pressure can force your heart to work harder
to pump enough blood and oxygen to your body's organs and
tissues. It also damages arteries and arterioles, the very small
arteries that connect larger arteries to tiny capillaries.
Arterial damage can be a serious health issue because hardened or
narrowed arteries may not be able to supply enough blood to your
body's organs effecting their ability to function properly.
In addition, plaque may dislodge from the sides of the artery
wall, forming a blockage in another part of your body and
causing a heart attack, or stroke.
Excess weight and obesity can also be factors in the onset of inflammation. For more information, click on Inflammation, insulin resistance and Weight Issues.
There are pharmaceuticals that can help lower blood pressure to
healthy levels but there is currently no single drug that
will completely reverse excess weight and obesity or insulin resistance. Instead, you must rely on
a multi-faceted approach to improving these conditions.
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