10 hard facts about obesity
High blood pressure (hypertension)
High blood pressure means your heart is having to work extra hard in order to pump blood to your organs, putting it and your arteries under strain.
Long-term, unchecked high blood pressure can lead to heart attack, stroke and kidney disease. Because there are usually no symptoms of high blood pressure, it’s important to get yours checked from time to time.
There are home monitors you can buy; some pharmacies have testing machines or you can make an appointment with your GP or practice nurse.