1 in 3 adults in the United States has high blood pressure.

You may already know that having high blood pressure is “bad,” but you may have no idea why.

In this article, we’ll talk about some of the things blood pressure can tell you about your body. Whether it be too high or too low, monitoring your blood pressure is a great way to ensure you’re in good health.

Read on to answer the question, “What does blood pressure tell you?”

High Blood Pressure: What Is It?

Your blood pressure should be between 90/60 and 120/80. But what does that even mean?

Blood pressure is the measurement of how much pressure your body is exerting while carrying your blood. The top number, or systolic pressure, measures the force that pushes against your blood vessels and blood and oxygen are carried to your organs.

The force that your body creates when your heart is at rest is the bottom number or diastolic pressure.

Having high blood pressure increases your risk of a heart attack. According to the Centers for Disease Control, approximately 1,000 people die each day from complications related to high blood pressure.

High blood pressure tells you that your body is under too much stress while attempting to deliver vital nutrients to your organs. As a result, you are more at risk for a heart attack or stroke. You’re also at risk for heart failure and heart disease.

What Does Blood Pressure Tell You? That You’re Stressed Out

High blood pressure can be an indication of chronic stress. This may not be easily solvable. However, it is one of the causes of hypertension. You may find that taking steps to reduce stress in your life can help reduce your blood pressure, bringing it down to a more manageable level.

While you can’t always prevent stress, managing it can help prolong your life.

High Blood Pressure Can Be a Sign You Need to Change your Lifestyle

If you have high blood pressure, this can be an indication of poor health. It can be an indication that you are overweight or obese, and can also mean that you have too much salt in your diet. If you are sedentary or consume too much alcohol, this can also reflect on your blood pressure.

Taking steps to change your lifestyle can reduce blood pressure and put it in a healthy range.

It Can Be a Result of Genetics

You can’t always control if you’ll have high blood pressure or not. Some people simply have high blood pressure because they’re prone to have high blood pressure. Unfortunately, you can’t change genetics. If your parents had high blood pressure, you’re likely to have high blood pressure as well.

You can help lower the risk of having high blood pressure by taking blood pressure medications. Speak to your doctor if you think this might be right for you. Click for more information on the different types of medication you might take.

High Blood Pressure Could Be a Sign of General Poor Health

In addition to obesity, stress and too much salt in your diet, generally high blood pressure can be a sign of poor health. It could mean you’re suffering from a thyroid disorder or an adrenal issue. High blood pressure is also often a result of chronic kidney disease or sleep apnea. Both of these require medical intervention, so speak to your doctor if you believe you might suffer from one of these diseases.

Low Blood Pressure: What Does It Mean?

We’ve discussed high blood pressure, as this is a more pervasive issue in modern society. But what about low blood pressure? Can that also be an issue?

Yes. Low blood pressure means that not enough force is being exerted when delivering blood and oxygen to your organs. This can be due to a variety of factors, but it can also be a life-threatening condition.

Low blood pressure is typically categorized as below 90/60.

Low Blood Pressure Can Also Mean You’re in Poor Health

If you have low blood pressure, this can be a result of a heart problem. This can be a long-term issue or one that is acute.

Low blood pressure can also be a result of endocrine problems, such as Addison’s disease. It can also be a symptom of diabetes. Many diabetics monitor their blood pressure, as low blood pressure can mean low blood sugar.

Having low blood pressure can also mean you’re lacking in certain nutrients. Low blood pressure is particularly attributed to a lack of vitamin B-12 or a lack of folate.

If you’re dehydrated, you can also suffer from low blood pressure. If you get dehydrated enough, this can be a serious health problem that can turn fatal.

Acute Issues That Need Immediate Attention

Low blood pressure can also tell doctors if you’re in a state of distress using the latest health technologies. Your blood pressure often drops if you’re having a severe allergic reaction, such as anaphylaxis.

It can also be a symptom of a severe infection, otherwise known as septic shock.

If you’re losing a lot of blood, either through an injury or internal bleeding, this can also result in low blood pressure.

Monitoring Your Blood Pressure

It is important that you monitor your blood pressure. That answer to the question of “What does blood pressure tell you?” is that it tells you quite a bit about your lifestyle, yourself and is a good marker of health. This is why your doctor always takes your blood pressure when you come into the office.

If you are worried about your blood pressure, you can also keep track of it by taking your blood pressure at a drug store that has a blood pressure cuff. You can also buy kits to use at home for monitoring.

For more health advice to keep your body in tip-top shape, click here.

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How People with High IQs Think (Practical Examples)

You don’t have to be the Einstein of our generation to be successful. But in some companies and institutions, IQ has a tendency to correlate to qualities they value, hence the kind of people they seek and want to work with. IQ tests directly measure your ability to correctly identify patterns and logic problems under a time limit.

Those skills have a significant correlation to other skills that we value in a 21st century, post-industrial economy. It correlates with the ability learn complex concepts, learn to think critically, learn to identify opportunities etc.

IQ is probably overrated today. We place way to much value on IQ, and take it as being far more meaningful than it is.

These are two practical examples (from Calvin and Raffaele) of how people with high 1Qs think (from a social, intellectual, and practical point of view). How they perceive everyday interactions and situations. They originally shared these experiences on reddit.

1. Calvin Chopra, An inquisitive autodidact

I tested about 4 months back; my IQ was 150. My Myers Briggs Test Type (MBTI) is INTJ and I am 17 years old.

Socially: It is pretty screwed up. I can’t get along with kids in my school or other people around me. Also, it is an INTJ characteristic that people perceive me as arrogant; in fact I am very humble. I tend to be the silent one. I don’t talk much and sometimes I am shy.

I don’t talk to people in my age group, but instead have friends who are older than me. I also don’t believe in small talk; I don’t want people calling me unless it is extremely important and I think a real conversation is better any day.

However, When I am with like-minded people or in a place where I can discuss  ideas, I am good socially and I consider myself to be an ambivert contrary to the MBTI test. I am swift then. Also, I am good at reading people’s expressions and know what they are thinking about, but sometimes I don’t even know that they are listening to me.

I despise smartphones, any and every form of communication. I don’t use my smartphone quite a lot and I might switch to a feature phone. Also, I permanently deleted my facebook account after joining Quora. I don’t keep up with my old buddies.

Intellectually: At an early age, I discovered that I was passionate about robotics and computers. Also I am a voracious reader. I read, think and talk about subjects ranging from Neuroscience to metaphysics.

I am good at school now. I love to be intellectually engaged. I have a hard time doing dull work, but I motivate myself and do work well. As for music, I find solace in classical works of Beethoven, Chopin, Tchaikovsky and the likes.

The dark side of this intellectual prowess is that I sometimes have to deal with analysis paralysis and I tend to over-plan things. I think and worry a lot, sometimes. Other times I get lost in my imagination; when I am inactive I tend to do thought experiments and try to analyze or build things in my mind.

Creativity: My mind has an inclination towards abstraction; I would study the fundamental nature of something, make assumptions and inferences and would try to build an abstract model. I would then try to use that model. That is why I love robotics.

I love to work on abstract stuff; I would do stuff with Artificial Intelligence and Machine learning and then use these domains to develop robots. Abstraction and Application, I work on these constantly.

Practicality: I was a strong idealist earlier; now I believe that practicality and idealism should go hand in hand. With my idealistic mind, I made many mistakes. I learnt from those mistakes and take my decisions wisely now.

I analyze the situations I am in, anticipate outcomes and know what will be beneficial for me. I do not have the Dunning Kruger effect, I know what I am good at, I know what I am bad at and I know that I don’t know much.

Procrastination: If I don’t have a plan, I will procrastinate, a lot. I need to make a plan a night before. That is the only way I can be productive. I don’t really need to be motivated to do something; having a purpose is enough. The next best thing would be a plan.

Although I don’t follow a plan rigidly but I keep working on things till bed time. I constantly make day logs and edit my plan, and I have a good work ethic. I am a non-conformist and brutally rational. I do not care about what others think about me, but I do not harm them either. If my apathy harms them, then I am in a dilemma.

[Note: Whatever I am or whatever I think, I do not attribute it to my IQ. Whatever I have achieved is by devoting time and effort in order to enhance my skills.

I believe regardless whether your IQ is 100 or 140, you can achieve solely by practicing and improving your skills; a priori intelligence is just because of genes and environment. You can be anything you want.

Also, People cannot be compared; there might be millions of people intelligent than you, millions dumber than you. If you want to get ahead embrace who you are. Be unique, do something only you can and discover your real potential.]

2. Raffaele Tranquillini, 16-year old student, programmer

Sorry for my English, my native language is Italian and actually I am 16 year old, so still learning. Even if I am not 160 or more, I have taken a few reliable IQ tests in the past and obtained scores between 145 and 150 in all. I’ll try to give a detailed answer to this question.

Notice: additional factors may influence this answer. I am an INTP on MBTI personality scale and I’m left handed (I’m not sure, but this may influence)

Childhood: in short, I was a strange child. At the kindergarden I used to look always behind the computers to see how cables were connected; I learnt reading and writing when I was three, and my kindergarten nannies remember me that I was extremely lively (too lively, sincerely), very good at puzzles that were designed for elder children, and that I used to talk always about things like gizmos, mechanical systems, possible projects using windmills and things like that.

In addition, I was not extroverted and not very friendly to my mates and teachers (that I now love for accepting me for how strange I was even when, often, I was completely crazy). At the primary school, the situation was different.

I got bullied very very often both from schoolmates and teachers, that, in a school of the peripheral area of a city, hated me because I was smarter than other children.

They used to put the blame on me for everything that happened in my class, they lied to my parents about things that, for they, I did (they were serious things, so my parents didn’t believe me) because they were just envious, exactly like my classmates.

Now I don’t like children and I hate everything related to the period of primary school, because it remembers me all that bullying of teachers and classmates.

The only positive aspects is that this experience taught me not only to respect everyone and avoid bullying, but to be always as generous and correct as possible with other people in order to avoid they made the same bad experiences.

Social skills: they were quite poor, but in the time with my very analytic behaviour I learned how the “society algorithm” works, and I am in some things even more able than normal people, because I don’t do anything in a spontaneous way in social occasions, and instead I know how to simulate well an emotion or another. However, there are still many points where this “algorithm” I learned doesn’t work, and that translates in social difficulties.

Everyday life: the main difference is that I see patterns everywhere. Patterns and algorithms. In addition, I am usually really fast in thinking logically, and when I speak I usually try in my head in 1/10 of second 4-5 different sentences and choose the best one (something not the best for that situation, though).

Then often I figure out many different solutions in a very short time to a problem, including the solution that I think will be the wrong one but the one that the others will choose, and I can’t explain the right one.

Often people tell me that my solution is wrong and I am stubborn, but I know it is correct, and after hours they will notice I was right. In addition, I always talk very very fast to keep up with my thoughts.

Other aspects of social life: I often feel alone among the people. I am between them, but I feel separated by a wall that isolates me on a place that is just physically near the people around me. They don’t understand me. They misunderstand me (in a bad way).

I feel as I had some sort of veil that doesn’t let me interact with them. And nobody believes me if I try to explain that. (This is one of the the many symptoms of Asperger’s I have… But I’m almost sure it’s also the IQ)

Interests: my mind is very good in some directions and very wrak in others. For instance, I am not good at maths (high school maths is IMO boring and I don’t want to study it) except for the very small part of it involving logical thinking.

I am very good at writing, but my main, obsessive hobby is programming. I love it, and I am programmer since I was 8. I love it because it’s good to use my logic. I’ve always been very bad at sport. Especially, I have never had coordination. I love quiet places, and I need to walk alone in quiet places for some kilometers every day to relax.

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