Thursday, April 14, 2016 11:47 am
Consumption of canned, fatty or oily foods is detrimental to one’s health, a Nigerian doctor has warned.
Dr Tosin Olowojebutu, a general practitioner especially advised people with high Blood Pressure (BP) to avoid the foods.
Olowojebutu, the Medical Director, Liberty-Life Hospital, Ogudu, Lagos, said canned and fatty foods would increase blood pressure level.
“The ideal blood pressure is 120/70mmHg; any figure between this and 140/90 is pre-hypertension and a call to action and lifestyle modifications, ’’ Olowojebutu said.
According to him, people should also ensure that they live and work in smoke-free environments.
He urged people with high blood pressure to reduce the risks associated with High BP through modification of their lifestyle.
“People with high BP should be physically active for 30 to 60 minutes daily by walking, biking, swimming, dancing or any other physical activity.
“They should eat a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables, low fat dairy products and other foods low in fat and salt,’’ Olowojebu said.
He added that drinking less and keeping the body weight within a healthy range would also help to prevent and lower blood pressure.
“It is important to stop smoking if one has high blood pressure.
“Smoking increases the risk of developing heart problems and other diseases’’ Olowojebutu added.