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How can losing weight affect your blood pressure?

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If you’re overweight, losing as little as 10 pounds can lower your blood pressure. It will also help with sleep apnea -- when your breathing briefly stops multiple times while you sleep (it can raise your blood pressure and make your heart beat irregularly). Lose pounds slowly with a steady mix of healthy eating and exercise.

Keeping tabs on the scale will help your blood pressure take care of itself. Check your readings regularly at home, and try to stay in your target range.

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “10 ways to control high blood pressure without medication.”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “Your Guide to Lowering Blood Pressure.”

American Heart Association: “Five Simple Steps to Control Your Blood Pressure,” “Processed Foods: Where is all that salt coming from?” “How Potassium Can Help Control High Blood Pressure,” “Meditation and Heart Health.”

Institute of Medicine: “Strategies to Reduce Sodium Intake in the United States.”

Heart : “Cardiovascular, cerebrovascular, and respiratory changes induced by different types of music in musicians and non‐musicians: the importance of silence.”

Netherlands Heart Journal: “Neurocardiological differences between musicians and control subjects.”

Environmental Health Perspectives : “Benefits of Sunlight: A Bright Spot for Human Health.”

Journal of Investigational Dermatology : “UVA irradiation of human skin vasodilates arterial vasculature and lowers blood pressure independently of nitric oxide synthase.”

Harvard Medical School: “Taking blood pressure pills at bedtime may prevent more heart attacks, strokes.”

DashDiet.org: “The DASH Diet Eating Plan.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on May 11, 2019

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “10 ways to control high blood pressure without medication.”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “Your Guide to Lowering Blood Pressure.”

American Heart Association: “Five Simple Steps to Control Your Blood Pressure,” “Processed Foods: Where is all that salt coming from?” “How Potassium Can Help Control High Blood Pressure,” “Meditation and Heart Health.”

Institute of Medicine: “Strategies to Reduce Sodium Intake in the United States.”

Heart : “Cardiovascular, cerebrovascular, and respiratory changes induced by different types of music in musicians and non‐musicians: the importance of silence.”

Netherlands Heart Journal: “Neurocardiological differences between musicians and control subjects.”

Environmental Health Perspectives : “Benefits of Sunlight: A Bright Spot for Human Health.”

Journal of Investigational Dermatology : “UVA irradiation of human skin vasodilates arterial vasculature and lowers blood pressure independently of nitric oxide synthase.”

Harvard Medical School: “Taking blood pressure pills at bedtime may prevent more heart attacks, strokes.”

DashDiet.org: “The DASH Diet Eating Plan.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on May 11, 2019

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