Trying to make ends meet is not just bad for your finances but it also puts you at a higher risk for hypertension. High blood pressure, in turn, makes you more prone to stroke, heart disease, and other problems.
The study involved collecting health data from 5,000 individuals between 25 to 65 years old between 1999 thru 2005. The subjects do not have hypertension when the study started. The results of the research showed that workers who had the lowest salaries were more likely to suffer from high blood pressure than those with higher wages.
There were previous studies that linked socioeconomic status to blood pressure but there was no study that was very specific to wages. The relationship between these factors may be due to the social stresses linked with income. Another factor to look into is the day to day stress encountered by those with lower wages.
In case you also struggle with a low salary and hypertension, here are some tips how you can keep your BP in check:
Get enough sleep
Those who sleep less than 8 hours are more prone to have hypertension. The risk is higher by 37% for every hour of sleep that you miss.
Listen to classical music
Researchers found that listening to classical music for around half an hour per day can help lower high blood pressure. Listening to your favorite music for an hour bi-monthly can also help lower blood pressure by as much as 6 mmHg.
Eat some bananas
Bananas contains around 422mg of potassium so it can help a lot in controlling your blood pressure. Potassium somehow lessens the effect of sodium in your body that is believed to be a factor in hypertension. Other good foods for hypertensive individuals include potatoes, avocados, and edamame.