Wednesday, December 28, 2011

10 ways to control high blood pressure without medication

Amidst the high spirits, don't ignore your BP!

If you've been diagnosed with high blood pressure (a systolic pressure — the top number — of 140 or above or a diastolic pressure — the bottom number — of 90 or above), you might be worried about taking medication to bring your numbers down.

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.

The Mayo Clinic recommends 10 lifestyle changes you can make to lower your blood pressure and keep it down.

1. Lose extra pounds and watch your waistline

2. Exercise regularly

3. Eat a healthy diet

4. Reduce sodium in your diet

5. Limit the amount of alcohol you drink

6. Avoid tobacco products and secondhand smoke

7. Cut back on caffeine

8. Reduce your stress

9. Monitor your blood pressure at home and make regular doctor's appointments

10. Get support from family and friends

CLICK HERE for details of these recommendations from Mayo Clinic

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