Americans Don't Do Enough to Cut Hypertension, Cholesterol
CDC Report Finds Many in U.S. Need to Do More for High Blood Pressure and Cholesterol
Making Healthy Choices
The CDC says it is involved in educational programs that stress the need for Americans to make healthy lifestyle choices, exercise, and watch their weight to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
The report says Americans should take steps known to lower cholesterol and blood pressure. These include eating a diet low in sodium, low in total fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol, and rich in fruits and vegetables. Also, getting some exercise is beneficial, the CDC says.
People should take steps themselves, but reducing sodium intake to recommended levels can also be helped by food producers, restaurants, and fast-food establishments by reducing salt in products they sell, CDC says.
The CDC report expresses concern that there has been no significant decline in the prevalence of hypertension during the past decade even though 70% of people with high blood pressure are being treated with medication and 46% are controlled.