Combat High Blood Pressure With Simple Lifestyle Changes

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Dietitians
21 Feb, 2018

Lifestyle plays an important role in treating your high blood pressure. If you successfully control your blood pressure with a healthy lifestyle, you may avoid, delay or reduce the need for medication.

 

Here are a few risks with the way we lead our lives and the changes you can make to lower your blood pressure-

 

What is the actual risk associated with cholesterol?

It has been demonstrated conclusively that high blood pressure is a major risk for the onset of diseases of the arterial system and that, lowering cholesterol levels reduces the risk of heart attack and stroke. As in the case of high blood pressure, often the presence of high cholesterol levels in a patient is in line with the presence of cardiovascular diseases already observed in other members of the family. There are some drugs, called statins, that can lower cholesterol levels, but in general, the doctor asks the first thing to change diet by reducing the intake of foods rich in cholesterol, mainly dairy products and poultry and certain types of meat.

 

What is the actual risk associated with smoking?

In short, the risk is very serious and probably just as important as high blood pressure. If you smoke 20 cigarettes a day and you have high blood pressure, quitting smoking could theoretically cut the risk in half. If it is too difficult to quit, at least try to reduce the number of cigarettes per day to 10. It has been established through research that the risk of high blood pressure increase by almost 150% due to smoking.

 

 

What is the actual risk associated with salt?

In short, the risk is very serious and probably just as important as high blood pressure. If you smoke 20 cigarettes a day and you have high blood pressure, quitting smoking could theoretically cut the risk in half. If it is too difficult to quit, at least try to reduce the number of cigarettes per day to 10. It has been established through research that the risk of high blood pressure increase by almost 150% due to smoking.

 

 

What is the risk associated with being overweight?

Those who have weight problems also have a blood pressure higher than a thin person; a weight loss diet can help to lower blood pressure. In the case of obese people, it can be difficult to measure the blood pressure accurately because of the circumference of the arm.

 

What is the actual risk associated with alcohol?

It is harder to treat high blood pressure in people who consume high amounts of alcohol. If alcohol consumption is moderate, about 20 units a week for men and 14 units a week for women then generally, it does not have an effect on blood pressure.

 

Blood pressure and diabetes?

Often diabetic patients also have elevated values ​​of blood pressure. In these cases, it is very important that the blood pressure is kept strictly under control because the damage caused by high blood pressure is accentuated by the presence of diabetes. The doctor prescribes in these cases, therefore, an effective therapy to not only control diabetes but also high blood pressure.

 

Is it important to engage in physical activity?

Most people with high blood pressure can lead a perfectly normal life, paying attention to risk factors and in some cases resorting to drugs. Therefore, whether you lead an active lifestyle or a sedentary, your doctor will advise you to devote time to physical activity. Physical activity has mood enhancing qualities and this can significantly improve your chances of recovering sooner.

 

 

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