Your blood pressure rises as your weight increases. That means being overweight or obese puts you at significant risk for hypertension, and it also means you can alleviate the problem by losing weight. The doctors at Weight Loss Specialists of North Texas have years of experience helping people lose weight, whether they need to drop 10 pounds, or they struggle with extreme obesity. If you have any questions about weight loss and hypertension treatment, call one of their offices in Denton, Frisco, or Flower Mound, Texas, or schedule an appointment online.
Hypertension develops when blood circulating through your body exerts too much pressure against blood vessel walls. The pressure is determined by the volume of your blood and the amount of blood your heart pumps into the circulatory system.
Any condition that affects blood volume and cardiac output can raise your blood pressure. When you consume too much salt, your body retains water, which increases blood volume, and raises blood pressure.
High blood pressure may be caused by an underlying health condition, such as sleep apnea or kidney problems, but it’s often caused by lifestyle factors like a high-salt diet, stress, smoking cigarettes, and being overweight or obese.
Research is still being done to learn the reasons why extra weight may contribute to high blood pressure. Being overweight or obese may cause hypertension due to the extra strain on your heart, which pumps harder to compensate. Being overweight may also increase levels of enzymes that tighten blood vessels.
People who are overweight are also more likely to develop kidney disease, and the kidneys help regulate blood volume. Excess weight also affects hormones that regulate blood volume and levels of sodium.
In many cases, weight loss -- plus following a healthy, low-salt diet -- is enough to bring your blood pressure down to normal levels. When you lose weight, you reduce the strain on your heart. Weight loss also lowers blood pressure by improving insulin sensitivity and decreasing the impact of overweight on hormones that affect your blood vessels.
Losing weight is a first-line treatment for high blood pressure, and the team at Weight Loss Specialists of North Texas can help with that no matter what amount of weight you need to lose. They work with each person one on one to determine their weight loss goals, develop a diet and exercise plan, and prescribe medications if needed.
If you have a significant amount of weight to lose, bariatric surgery makes a difference. Depending on the type of procedure you receive, surgery can help you drop 60-80% of your excess weight over the course of a year or two.
The physicians at Weight Loss Specialists of North Texas have extensive experience performing minimally-invasive bariatric surgery, such as: