High Blood Pressure: A Potentially Deadly Danger

Hypertension, commonly referred to as high blood pressure, is a condition in which resting blood pressure is consistently measured at 140/90 or greater. This pressure causes your heart to strain, damages blood vessels and negatively affects vital organs. Over time, high blood pressure can increase the risk of stroke, heart attack and kidney failure.

There are several factors that put people at a greater risk for developing high blood pressure:

  • A family history of high blood pressure
  • Obesity and inactive lifestyles
  • Smoking
  • Stress
  • Low potassium levels
  • Excessive alcohol consumption

While high blood pressure can be dangerous, it is typically preventable through lifestyle changes, including:

  • Limiting salt, fats and alcohol
  • Eating healthy foods
  • Being physically active

Experts recommend that those with diagnosed hypertension have their blood pressure checked frequently.

 

 

Beware of Online Pharmacies

Consumers should be wary of purchasing medication online, as the internet has created a marketplace for unapproved drugs and illegal prescriptions. Online pharmacies may not be reputable, and many scammers often:

  • Sell counterfeit medication
  • Sell expired or improperly dosed medication
  • Sell medications that contain dangerous ingredients
  • Steal your personal and financial information

Prior to purchasing from an online pharmacy, contact your provincial board of pharmacies to determine if the site is federally or provincially licensed.

 

Don’t Get Burned By Poor Grilling Safety

Though grilling is an extremely popular way to prepare food in the summer, it can also be dangerous. In fact, gas and charcoal grills account for thousands of fires on residential properties in Canada each year. This year, keep the following safety suggestions in mind when you fire up your grill:

  • Make sure your grill is at least 1 metre (3 feet) away from other objects, including houses, trees and outdoor seating.
  • Remember that starter fluid should only be used with charcoal grills and never with gas grills.
  • If you suspect that your gas grill is leaking, turn off the gas and get the unit fixed before lighting it.
  • Do not bring your grill into an unventilated or enclosed space, such as the garage or inside of your home.
  • Do not let children and pets play near the grilling area until the grill is completely cool.

Not only can grills start fires, they can also cause burns. Exercise caution as you flip foods on the grill to ensure that your hands and arms do not get burned.

 

Recipe of the Month – Barbecue Drumsticks

  • 5 mL (1 tsp) canola oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 15 mL (1 tbsp) chopped fresh thyme
  • 10 mL (2 tsp) chili powder
  • 1 mL (¼ tsp) fresh ground pepper
  • 500 mL (2 cups) tomato passata (tomato purée)
  • 175 mL (¾ cup) chopped pitted Medjool dates
  • 60 mL (¼ cup) cider vinegar
  • 15 mL (1 tbsp) Worcestershire sauce
  • 5 mL (1 tsp) hot pepper sauce
  • 10 skinless chicken drumsticks (about 1 kg or 2 lbs)

PREPARATIONS

  1. In a saucepan, heat oil over medium heat and cook onion, garlic, thyme, chili powder and pepper for 3 minutes or until softened. Stir in tomato passata, dates, vinegar, Worcestershire and hot pepper sauce, and bring to a simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool slightly. Scrape into blender and purée until smooth.
  2. Place drumsticks on greased grill over medium heat for 10 minutes. Turn and grill for 5 minutes more. Start brushing with about 250 mL (1 cup) of sauce, turning often and basting for 10 minutes.
  3. Serve with the remaining sauce, if desired. Cover and refrigerate remaining sauce for up to 2 weeks.

Makes: 5 servings

Nutritional Information (per serving)

Total Calories 229
Total Fat 8 g
Protein 10 g
Carbohydrates 12 g
Dietary Fibre 2 g
Sodium 182 mg
Total Sugars 3 g

Source: Government of Canada


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