By now we know that there are avoidable risk factors for heart disease, and unavoidable risk factors. Diet, exercise, weight, stress, and smoking or using tobacco have long been associated with avoidable and controllable factors of heart disease. Family history is one of the unavoidable factors, until now. Recent research published in the journal Hypertension states that ‘physically fit people with a family history of high blood pressure were up to 34% less likely to develop high blood pressure than people who rarely exercised.’

A Family History of Heart Disease

According to WebMD, if you have a parent with hypertension, the odds that you will have high blood pressure could be as high as 65%. For years upon years, family history of high blood pressure and heart disease provided inevitable evidence that you would end up with the same fate. If your mom or dad had high blood pressure, you did one of two things; everything that you could to stay heart healthy, or nothing at all because the risks were their either way.

That’s exactly why this new study is so important. If you’re parents have high blood pressure, you can still control your risk factors.

People with a high level of physical fitness were 42% less likely to have high blood pressure and those with a moderate level of fitness were 26% less likely, compared to people with a low level of physical fitness.

Among people with a parent with high blood pressure, those who were most physically fit had only a 16% higher risk of developing high blood pressure than those who were fit and had no family history of the disease.

The reverse was also true. People with a parent with high blood pressure and a low level of physical fitness were 70% more likely to develop hypertension compared to highly fit people with no family history of the disease. –WebMD

You Can Control Your Fate

There is no longer any excuse for giving in to the fact that high blood pressure is just ‘in your genes,’ because research is showing how you can control your own fate, even if it is ‘in your genes.’ You can no longer maintain a poor diet and choose the couch over a run because ‘there’s no use, I’ll have high blood pressure either way.’

With exercise, a healthy diet, and heart healthy supplements like l-arginine, you can control your fate! Exercise is such a crucial part of our existence, and something that everyone should be implanting into their daily routine. Even if it’s just a walk around the block every morning after you’ve had your l-arginine supplement, it will make a world of a difference.

Take this new research as a kick in the butt, so to speak, to take control of your health and your future. If you need some motivation, give us a call and ask how Cardio Juvenate can help you become heart healthy!