It has been acknowledged that non-engagement in physical activities and the intake of food that are high in salt and sugar could lead to heart disease.
Also, as a solution to reduce heart disease in the society, it was also advocated that the government should build walkways, space for playgrounds should be added to school architecture for children to exercise themselves and for physical training to be inculcated into the school curricula.
The Executive Director of the Nigerian Heart Foundation, Dr. Kolapo Akinroye made this known on Friday in Osogbo during a radio programme to create awareness for events lined up for the commencement of the 2021 World Physical Activity Day.
Highlighting more on the dangers inherent with heart disease, Dr. Akinroye stated that mobility is a way of avoiding heart disease as research has shown that when people walk about, their blood pressure drops by 30 to 50 Mm.
Giving more insight on heart disease, the Nigerian Heart Foundation helmsman revealed that hypertension being a heart disease is the most common in Nigeria with about 30 percent of the population being at risk.
He added that hypertension is so silent that majority of the population tend not to believe it existed but that it is the number one killer disease in Nigeria.
Dr. Akinroye, while explaining the factors that contribute to the development of heart disease, revealed that it starts from the womb, inherited and environment related.
According to him, “the blood pressure of children starts from day one. Other factors that can lead to high blood pressure include high cholesterol content prevalent in oil.
“This oil could either be vegetable or palm oil. Nigerians should ensure that the oil they ingest is certified by the Nigerian Heart Foundation.
“Salt intake is also dangerous. Salt is a poison. It increases blood pressure.
“Sedentary lifestyle is also a danger. The more you seat, the more you damage your heart. Physical activity must be indulged in for blood pressure to drop.”
In order to avoid the negative effects of sedentary lifestyle amongst the working population, Dr. Akinroye recommended walking while working in the office.
“10,000 steps per day drops the blood pressure but 30,000 steps per day protects the heart.
“At home, they should get their muscles and body active by walking, dancing, playing football and exercise for at least 150 minutes in a week which is recommended.
“The whole essence of the World Physical Activity Day is making people live long and avoidance and promotion of heart disease awareness.
He disclosed that Osun State was the first state to sign the Tobacco Policy into Law after which Lagos, other states and the Federal Government under President Goodluck Jonathan followed suit.
The Tobacco Policy according to him places ban on the smoking of tobacco products in open places and public offices and the non-advertisement of tobacco products on the media and billboards.
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