Topic - Where You Live Impacts Your Blood Pressure
What happens if you’re a minority and you move out of your racially segregated community? Your blood pressure drops. But why is that? Neighborhoods that have mostly minority residents, have lower quality education, reduced job opportunities and poor quality grocery stores where a variety of fresh foods isn’t offered. If you move to a neighborhood where there’s a mix of people, you’ll have a significant drop and that drop will be permanent if you stay there. Even a mild reduction in blood pressure can lead to several thousand fewer deaths from heart failure, heart disease and stroke in minority adults ages forty-five to sixty-four. Lack of resources and segregation cause devastating health conditions including diabetes and obesity. We can do better. Encourage those you love to have their blood pressure checked regularly.