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Thank you for subscribing to Women's Health, an Avera eNewsletter that provides you with information to help you live a healthy lifestyle.  To learn more about what Avera can do to partner with you to improve your health, visit www.Avera.org.

To your health,

The Avera Staff


Did you know that one in three women over age 20 has high blood pressure? High blood pressure, or hypertension, can lead to serious health problems, so take steps now to reduce your risk.

High blood pressure is caused by the heart using excessive force to pump the blood, or by blood putting too much pressure on the blood vessels. One of the biggest risk factors for the disease is your family history, but age, smoking, diabetes and obesity all can increase your risk for the disease. Your doctor typically will take your blood pressure at the beginning of a physical exam. To determine whether you have hypertension, your blood pressure will be measured over time.

If your doctor determines you have high blood pressure, it can be treated through both medicine and lifestyle changes. Your doctor may recommend weight loss, a healthier diet and more exercise to lower your blood pressure.

To learn more about hypertension, click here.

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Being able to reach a balance between your professional and personal life is important to mental and physical health. You'll also find yourself to be more productive both at work and at home when the two are more evenly matched.

Being overly involved in work and feeling as if nobody else can do your job contributes much stress to a person's life. For your health, it is important to be able to relax and enjoy your downtime away from work. Living with too much stress can lead to health problems such as high blood pressure, heart disease and depression.

Here are some ways to help balance life and work:

  • Set aside time for activities that relax you, such as yoga, aerobics classes, hobbies, cooking or spending time with your family.
  • Turn your cell phone off during vacations or free time.
  • Make time for your family every day.

Are you addicted to work? Click here to take a work and life balance assessment.

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