Part 2: Where Are You Going to Live When Your Body Gives Out?

High Blood Pressure Is A Big Deal!

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It may be common, but it is still a really big deal.  Eventually the medication for the high blood pressure took its toll on her kidneys.  Again, more medication and business as usual.  She would have her gall bladder removed.  Then there was the shortness of breath that would lead to a slight heart attack, then congestive heart failure…. and more medicine.  Finally the kidneys failed all together.  The body does give us warning signs and we must learn to listen.  There were many points of possible intervention along the way with diet, exercise, and lifestyle changes that could have changed the tides.  But, since so many of her friends had the same conditions, she felt that it was a part of aging.  IT IS NOT!

High Blood Pressure Can Lead to Kidney Disease

Renal (kidney) disease affects all cultures and all were represented here, but there was a disproportionately large number of black people there today.  According to the CDC, “35% of African Americans have hypertension, which accounts for 20% of the African American deaths in the United States – twice the percentage of deaths among whites from hypertension.” Data in their February 2010 report suggests that the general population doesn’t fare much better, “About one out of three U.S. adults—31.3%—has high blood pressure.“Having high blood pressure puts you at risk for heart disease and stroke, the first and third leading causes of death in the United States.1 People of all ages and backgrounds can develop high blood pressure, and it’s preventable.”  Anemia accompanied by low energy also becomes a challenge.  Check out this report released on April 27, 2010 at Yahoo News: ‘Anemia Harder to Treat in Black Children With Kidney Disease.

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Barbara Talley is a keynote speaker, author of six books, and trainer on value-based living themes.  She also offers Effective Communication, Diversity, Leadership, Time Management, and Goal Setting workshops.  Visit her at or contact her at 301-428-4831.  You may email her at

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