Indulgence & Blood Pressure – by Dr Maureen Ona-Igbru

Indulgence in alcohol and other Social Vices can result in dangerous health consequences. These are areas explored by Dr Maureen in this writeup. Please read, be informed, and learn.


“While celebrations are good, over-indulgence can ruin the festivities. Caution must be exercised and a balanced diet be consumed. if you over-indulge it may have an undesired effect on your blood pressure if you’re not careful. It is important then that you look after yourself in order to keep your blood pressure within healthy limits.


If you drink alcohol, including wine, do so in moderation. Heavy and regular use of alcohol can increase blood pressure dramatically especially beer and spirits. It can also cause heart failure, lead to stroke and produce irregular heartbeats. Too much alcohol can contribute to high triglycerides, cancer, obesity, alcoholism, suicide and accidents. Uncontrolled high blood pressure puts a strain on blood vessels all over the body, including vital arteries in the brain. This strain can cause vessels to weaken or become clogged up, which in turn can lead to blockage of the blood vessels taking blood to the brain or bleeding into the brain. Either way it can result in a stroke.

Extra-marital sex may be hazardous and stressful because the lover is often younger than the primary partner and probably sex occurs more often following excessive drinking and/or eating.
Heart attacks were the next biggest cause of death in men who died while having sex. The precise reasons for the increase in heart attack death are still unclear, but a guilty conscience, stress from keeping the affair a secret, and the stress of wining, dining and satisfying a woman who is likely to be younger than the man’s wife could all contribute to high blood pressure.

The stress of a bad marriage can raise blood pressure and heart rate. The stress of an unhappy marriage can lead to higher levels of the body’s stress hormones. These increase blood pressure and heart rate which, eventually, causes heart disease and stroke. Sodium can increase blood pressure. But controlling sodium means more than just putting down the salt shaker. It also means checking labels, because up to 75 percent of the sodium we consume is hidden in processed foods like tomato sauce, soups, condiments, canned foods and prepared mixes.
Obesity also can lead to heart failure. This is a serious condition in which your heart can’t pump enough blood to meet your body’s needs. Being overweight or obese can lead to a buildup of plaque in your arteries. Eventually, an area of plaque can rupture, causing a blood clot to form. If the clot is close to your brain, it can block the flow of blood and oxygen to your brain and cause a stroke. The risk of having a stroke rises as BMI increases.

Health is wealth. There is nothing in our life that is more valuable than good health. Without health there is no happiness, no peace and no success. A person with bad health cannot enjoy the pleasure of being wealthy.

Self-indulgence is a killer not a treat.

The above write up is published on our site courtesy of Dr. Maureen Ona-Igbru.

Dr Maureen is a medical doctor with many years in practice and has an undying passion for dissemination of health knowledge to the public. One striking feature that cuts across all her articles is the ability to present a complex medical condition in an easy to understand manner for the readers.

N.B. The illustrations that appear on this articles are added by the site admin.

1 comment for “Indulgence & Blood Pressure – by Dr Maureen Ona-Igbru

  1. Eye_Bee_Kay
    July 26, 2016 at 11:46 am

    Thank you for this educative piece.

    Like the kiddies song of,

    …the sanitaryinspector is coming to inspect
    …what is he coming to do
    …he is coming to inspect navels.
    …thank God I don’t have a navel.

    Thank God, my ONLY indulgence is excessive arguments.. just for kicks. I want to believe that has good effects on the brain, and is not likely to cause a stroke. 😉

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