Home > Medical > Hypertension > Your risk factors Your risk factors All sections in Hypertension » About Hypertension » Medication » Effects on the Body » Explaining Hypertension » FAQs » Health Tips » Lifestyle Changes » Living with Hypertension » Measuring BP » Hypertension News » Real-life Story » Stress, Women & Obesity » Types of Blood Pressure » Risk Factors Why do some people have hypertension and not others? Hypertension can seem like some cruel lottery – why me and not them? And yes, many people simply inherit hypertension. But there are factors you can control. Hypertension, diabetes & the X-syndrome If you have hypertension, you are at risk of suffering from elevated blood cholesterol levels as well as from diabetes. Who is at risk for hypertension? Are you at risk for this silent disease? Quiz Am I at risk for hypertension? » Ask CyberDoc » Quiz Are you ready to quit smoking? » Subscribe Newsletters » 10 salty food culprits 10 foods with hidden fat Risk factors you can control You have control over your body weight, your fitness level, what you eat, your drinking and smoking habits and the drugs/medication you are taking. Risk factors: existing diseases that increase risk Diabetes, existing heart disease, previous stroke or kidney damage will increase your risk of hypertension and cardiovascular disease. load more articles advertisement From our sponsors Your retirement - a healthy mindset So many people, why so alone? You can still enjoy the sweet things in life Take the sugar test, it could save your life.