Blowing A Gasket

More than 65 million Americans suffer from high blood pressure, and that number is sure to rise. What you can do to control yours

Michael Robinson, 35, is young enough to remember his glory days playing college basketball, which was one reason he was so surprised when just walking to his car started to wear him out. Robinson's weight certainly didn't help: 345 lbs. is a load to carry, even on a 6-ft. 9-in. frame. His family history worked against him too. Both his parents have high blood pressure, and his father and brother are diabetic. And he didn't do himself any favors by allowing seven years to elapse since his last checkup. When his persistent fatigue finally drove him to a doctor, he learned...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!