Being Overweight Can Cause Hypertension Oped

first_imgDuring the week of May 17, organizations around the world are raising awareness about how being overweight can lead to high blood pressure, or hypertension. Hypertension is caused when blood pressure becomes too high and stays high, often without obvious warning signs. Hypertension causes damage to the arteries, weakens organs, and can cause blood clots. All of this significantly increases risk of strokes, heart attacks and kidney disease. Each year, seven-million people worldwide die because of high blood pressure. In Nova Scotia, almost one third of adults have been diagnosed with high blood pressure. Women are slightly more likely to suffer from the condition than men and rates are considerably higher, close to 70 per cent, for people with diabetes. Being overweight is a growing concern for Nova Scotians. We are facing twin epidemics of unhealthy eating and physical inactivity. Almost 60 per cent of people over 18 are overweight or obese, and about half of adults are inactive. About 25 per cent of boys and 20 per cent of girls in Grade 3 are overweight and only 35 per cent of Nova Scotians meet the recommended daily intake of fruit and vegetables. Two good ways to monitor your weight are to regularly keep tabs on your waist size and body mass index (BMI). Extra weight, particularly around the waist, increases your risk of hypertension, as well as other chronic conditions such as diabetes and heart disease. A health-care professional can measure your waist size, help you calculate your body mass index and provide the best target weight for you. A healthy weight can be achieved by eating a healthy diet and increasing physical activity. Cutting down on foods such as cheese, chips, bacon and sauces, eating fewer processed and fast foods, reducing your portion size, and limiting consumption of alcohol are some ways to do this. Information to help increase fruit and vegetable intake is available on the Department of Health Promotion and Protection’s fruit and vegetable campaign website at . Staying active is extremely important for children and adults. Taking the stairs, getting off the bus two or three stops early, and replacing a coffee break with a walk break are easy ways to increase physical activity. You should gradually build up to 30 to 60 minutes of moderate activity per day. Another major cause of high blood pressure, high sodium intake, can be prevented by reducing the amount of salt you eat. Small steps you can take are cooking without salt, not putting a salt shaker on the table, making your own sauces instead of using store bought sauces and reading food labels for sodium content. Talk with your health-care professional about how to best maintain a healthy weight and blood pressure. If you do not already have your blood pressure checked regularly, starting this simple procedure is vital. As we age, our risk for hypertension increases and, if you have diabetes, your risk is substantially higher than the general population. It is important to know where you stand before you can take the right steps. Three provincial programs — Cardiovascular Health Nova Scotia, Diabetes Care Program of Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia Renal Program — have a shared interest in addressing hypertension to reduce chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke, kidney disease and diabetes. You can help fight hypertension by personally taking action on achieving a healthy weight and blood pressure. -30-last_img read more

Lanka urges unity to combat terrorism

Alluding to the centenary of   the  first  large  scale  use  of  chemicals  during  the  First  World  War, which was commemorated earlier in April this year at Ieper, Belgium, Ambassador Sadiq told the audience that the occasion reminded the  international  community  of   the horrendous  consequences  of  chemical warfare. Sri Lanka has urged the world community to stand firm and united in combating terrorism, the Foreign Ministry said today.This call was made when Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the Netherlands and Permanent Representative to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Adam M.J. Sadiq addressed the 20th Session of the Conference of the States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention in the Hague. Sri Lanka’s Ambassador also spoke of the relationship between the OPCW and Sri Lanka and noted “the capacity building programme on the  Safe  and  Secure  Management  of  Hazardous  Substances held in Sri Lanka in September this year in collaboration with Holcim  Lanka  Ltd.  He also referred to the  OPCW  Associate  Program  2015, in which  Load  Star  (Pvt)  Company  Ltd of  Sri  Lanka   hosted  the  industrial  attachment  of  two  participants  from  Tunisia  and  Poland  in  September  2015, enabling  them  to  gain  practical  experience  in  a sophisticated  industrial  environment”.The Conference of States Parties is the plenary organ comprising 192 members of the OPCW and is empowered to oversee the implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC).  Sri Lanka, as an early signatory of the CWC in January 1993, remains committed to the principles on which the OPCW was founded. (Colombo Gazette) Speaking on behalf of the Government of Sri Lanka during the General Debate of the Conference, Ambassador Sadiq referring to the terrorist attacks in Paris, told the meeting, “While  unreservedly  condemning  the  recent  cold-blooded  terror  attacks  in  Paris  and  elsewhere in  the  world, Sri  Lanka  which  lost  thousands  of  innocent  lives  and  suffered  wanton  damage and  destruction  of  property,  due  to  terrorism,   calls  upon   the  international  community  to  stand  firm  and  united  in  combating  terrorism  in  all  its  forms  and  manifestations,  irrespective  of  the  source  or  target  of  this evil  menace”.  In this context, he pointed out “however, even  after  a  century of experiencing  such  painful  human  suffering,  we are  yet  to  realize  a  world  free  of  chemical  weapons. The world is today experiencing  new  waves  of  terrorism.  With  the  rapid  advancement of science  and  technology, the  fear psychosis  associated  with  the  potential  emergence  of  terrorist  groups  with  chemical  weapons  capability  continues  to  grow, demanding  new  preventive  measures  and  global  cooperation”.He further noted “in  this  backdrop,  the  role  of  the  OPCW  remains  indispensable  and  vital in  the  global  struggle  towards  disarmament  and  non-proliferation  of  weapons  of  mass destruction.   The  OPCW  must  be  commended  for  its  dedicated  efforts in  pursuing  effective  disarmament measures  to  prevent  the  re-emergence of  chemical  weapons  and  deter chemical  terrorism”. read more