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7 lifestyle factors that exacerbate hypertension
High blood pressure Elevated blood pressure is blood pressure that is slightly higher than normal. High blood pressure usually develops over time. Blood pressure that is slightly above normal increases the risk of developing chronic or long-term hypertension in the future. If your blood pressure is between 120/80 mmHg and 129/80 mmHg, you have elevated blood pressure. Learn more about how blood pressure is measured. 6 lifestyle factors that cause hypertension: Diabetes About 6 out of 10 people who have diabetes also have high blood pressure.1 Diabetes causes a buildup of sugars in the blood and also increases the risk of heart disease. Unhealthy diet A diet that is too high in sodium and too low in potassium puts you at risk for high blood pressure. Eating too much of the element sodium in table salt increases blood pressure. Most of the sodium we consume comes from processed and restaurant foods. Learn more about sodium and high blood pressure. Not eating enough potassium, a mineral the body needs to function properly, can also raise blood pressure. Potassium is found in many foods; bananas, potatoes, beans and yogurt contain plenty of it. Physical inactivity Regular physical activity helps the heart and blood vessels stay strong and healthy, which can help lower blood pressure. Regular physical activity can also help you maintain a healthy weight, which can also help lower blood pressure. Obesity Obesity is excess body fat. Being obese or overweight also means that your heart has to work harder to pump blood and oxygen around your body. Over time, this can cause strain on your heart and blood vessels. Obesity is associated with higher levels of "bad" cholesterol and triglycerides and lower levels of "good" cholesterol. Learn more about cholesterol. In addition to high blood pressure, obesity can also lead to heart disease and diabetes. Talk to your health care team about a plan to reduce your weight to a healthy level. Too much alcohol Drinking too much alcohol can raise blood pressure.
- Women should not drink more than one drink a day.
- Men should not drink more than two drinks a day.
- Tobacco use