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What lifestyle changed can treat high blood pressure?

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Healthy habits can greatly help lower your high blood pressure. They include:

  • Losing weight if you are overweight or obese
  • Quitting smoking
  • A ealthy diet, including the DASH diet (more fruits, vegetables, and low fat dairy products, less saturated and total fat)
  • Cutting back on sodium (canned and other processed foods have lots of salt)
  • Brisk exercise 30 minutes a day, several times a week
  • No more than 1 alcoholic drink a day for women, 2 for men

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "Blood Pressure Lowering Drugs."

USDA Helathfinders.gov: "Eat Less Sodium: Quick Tips."

FDA: "High Blood Pressure--Medicines to Help You."

American Medical Association.

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on December 17, 2017

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "Blood Pressure Lowering Drugs."

USDA Helathfinders.gov: "Eat Less Sodium: Quick Tips."

FDA: "High Blood Pressure--Medicines to Help You."

American Medical Association.

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on December 17, 2017

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