Nowadays many Kenyans support European football clubs more than they support local clubs. It is now common to hear people say they support Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea, Barcelona or some other European club. Indeed the rivalry between local Manchester united and Arsenal fans is quite strong, almost to the point of physical confrontations.
Personally, I am “old school” and still support our local club “Gor Mahia”.
However, for a club to be great and famous, it must first develop a team of players capable of scoring and winning in most if not all the matches. A team may be very good at playing very entertaining football, but if they fail to score, they end up nowhere.
But have you ever imagined what football would be like if there were no goalposts, If the competing teams didn’t need to score any goals? Both teams would run around with the ball the whole 90 minutes and have nothing to show for it. If you are the kind of fan who gets thrilled when a goal is scored, you would find this type of football absolutely boring and unentertaining. Consider what happens when two competing teams fail to score against each other and settle for a barren goalless draw.
This is the same with any sport where there is competition. There must be a way to keep score if you want to determine who the winner is.
The same is true about high blood pressure. The only way you can know whether you are not developing high blood pressure is if you keep taking your blood pressure measurements through regular checkups (I.e. by keeping score). This is especially important if you have a close relative with high blood pressure.
- If you never go for any medical checkups, you are missing a fabulous opportunity to ‘keep score’ of your blood pressure.
- If you go for regular medical checkups but never ask your doctor what your blood pressure reading is at the time of your visit, you are not ‘keeping score’.
- If you have high blood pressure but do not constantly monitor your blood pressure, you are not ‘keeping score’.
- If you are taking care of a loved one with high blood pressure (e.g. parents or grand parents) and do not have a way to constantly monitor their blood pressure, you are not ‘keeping score’.
But unlike football where the thrill is in the teams competing to win, in high blood pressure, if you fail to constantly monitor your blood pressure you increase your risks of developing a serious medical condition like Heart disease, stroke, kidney disease and eye problems which are not only uncomfortable to live with but also very expensive to treat. You are always in competition against high blood pressure and the only way to know if you are winning is by constantly monitoring your blood pressure.