Approximately 75 million Americans have high blood pressure. When it’s left untreated, it can lead to heart disease and stroke. People who are overweight are more likely to have high blood pressure because it takes more force to move the blood around the body. Weight gain in and around the abdomen is particularly dangerous because it causes the arteries to become thick and stiff, increasing the risk of high blood pressure.
How you can lower your blood pressure
Living a healthy lifestyle and eating well may help keep your blood pressure at a healthy level.
Watch your waistline
Carrying extra weight around your middle increases your risk of high blood pressure. Generally speaking, men with a waist measurement of 40 inches or more and women with a waist measurement of 35 inches or more are at an increased risk of high blood pressure. Losing just 10 pounds can help lower it.
Eating well helps lower your risk of many diseases and conditions, including high blood pressure. Eat a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy products to keep your blood pressure levels down. Reducing your intake of foods containing saturated fat and cholesterol will also help reduce your risk of high blood pressure. Additionally, it is important to increase your potassium to help lessen the effects of sodium, one of the main culprits of high blood pressure.
Drinking more than the recommended amount of alcohol can raise your blood pressure by several points and reduce the effects of blood pressure medications. Generally speaking, women should limit their alcohol to one drink per day or less and men should limit their alcohol to two drinks per day or less.
Find time to relax
Both chronic and occasional stress can have a significant effect on your blood pressure. To keep your blood pressure down, take 15 to 20 minutes each day to do something you enjoy rather than rushing through the activity.
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