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The Ultimate Guide in Lowering Your Blood Pressure
High blood pressure increases the likelihood of both heart attack and stroke. It's important to know your numbers, because if you have high blood pressure, you'll want to lower them. Talk to your doctor about the best ways for you to lower your blood pressure. Here are some things they might recommend. What is the main cause of high blood pressure? High blood pressure usually develops over time. It can be caused by unhealthy lifestyle habits, such as lack of regular physical activity. Certain medical conditions, such as diabetes and obesity, can also increase the risk of high blood pressure. 10 ways to lower blood pressure 1. Lose weight You lower your systolic blood pressure (the first number in the blood pressure results) by 5 to 20 points for every 20 kilos you lose. In fact, if you're overweight, losing just 10 kilos can help lower your blood pressure. The goal for weight loss is to bring your body mass index (BMI) between 18.5 and 24.9. Losing weight can also help with sleep apnoea -- when your breathing stops briefly several times during sleep. (This can raise your blood pressure and put your heart into arrhythmia.) Shed pounds slowly with a consistent combination of healthy eating and exercise. 2. Eat healthy A program called DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) is considered by many to be the best diet when it comes to controlling and lowering blood pressure. Stick to it and watch your systolic blood pressure drop by 8-14 points. Its basic rules are to avoid or reduce: Foods high in total and saturated fats.
- Processed foods
- Alcohol (no more than one drink a day if you're a woman; two or less if you're a man).