tips to keep your blood pressure down
Having high blood pressure is serious. While the proper medication can help you manage your blood pressure, you also can address aspects of your lifestyle to help keep your levels in check. Below are a few changes that can positively affect and help lower your blood pressure.
Tip 1: Lose weight
Losing weight is one of the top life changes that may decrease your blood pressure. Even
dropping 10 pounds can make a difference. People who are overweight also can develop sleep apnea, which also may increase your blood pressure. Gaining weight around your waistline can increase blood pressure, so closely watching (and minimizing) how you gain fat is important.
Tip 2: Eat less sodium
Generally, people should aim to eat no more than 2300 mg of sodium a day. If you’re older than 50, limit yourself to 1500 mg each day. By doing things like eating less processed food and scrutinizing food labels, even small salt reductions can decrease your blood pressure by 2 to 8 mm Hg.
Tip 3: Stop smoking
Every time you smoke, you work against your health. In fact, each cigarette increases your blood pressure — and it remains high for minutes after smoking. By quitting smoking, you will help lower your blood pressure.
Tip courtesy of Mayo Clinic
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