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Yesterday our post gave reasons “why” high blood pressure and hypertention is a potentially deadly disease, if left untreated. Today let’s share positive tips on caring for ourselves when living with high blood pressure.
Fortunately, there are certain lifestyle changes you can make to decrease your blood pressure, in addition to taking medication. For those whose doctor prescribes medication, compliancy is very important. Many people suddenly decide to stop taking their medicine because they donâ€™t feel ill. As a result, their blood pressure increases and they put themselves at risk again for serious complications.
In addition to medication, experts recommend the following ways to lower blood pressure:
- Lose weight. For every 10 kg (22 pounds) of weight loss, blood pressure can drop as much as 20 points.
- Eat less salt. This can reduce blood pressure by as much as 8 points.
- Eat more fruits and vegetables and less fat. This has the potential to decrease it by 14 points.
- Start exercising. Even a brisk walk 30 minutes a day has the potential to drop blood pressure as much as 9 points.
- Reduce alcohol intake. This can result in an improvement of up to 4 points.
- Stop smoking. This will result in an all-around blood pressure improvement, as smoking causes the blood vessels to constrict putting added stress on the heart.
- Reduce stress. People who live with unrelenting stress tend to experience higher blood pressure readings.
Â Certain stress reduction practices can be incorporated into oneâ€™s lifestyle. Taken together, these strategies can often impact dramatically on lowering your blood pressure. In addition, itâ€™s important to have your blood pressure checked periodically to determine what, if any, changes need to be taken.
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