Lifestyle Changes for Hypertension Treatment
A healthy lifestyle is important for everyone particularly if they have a high blood
pressure. If you have been diagnosed with high blood pressure it is quite likely that you need to make
changes to your lifestyle.
In a few people these changes to lifestyle can be sufficient to lower blood pressure
to a level where they may not need to take medication. If medication is prescribed by their doctor, a healthy
lifestyle change can also assist to make the medication more effective.
If you are living with your family making lifestyle changes can be very difficult particularly changing to a more
controlled diet. A change to a more healthy diet should be adopted by the whole family which should mean that the
younger members will benefit in the longer-term and prevent high blood pressure from occurring later in life. A
healthy lifestyle will also make everyone feel better generally.
The most common changes are:
eat more fruit and vegetable portions each day
cut back on fast foods such as Indian and Chinese take-aways,
pizzas and burgers
reduce salt in cooking and your diet
lose excess weight
start taking moderate regular exercise
drink alcohol in moderation or stop altogether
A healthy lifestyle would not include eating excessive amounts of saturated fats and
smoking. There is no evidence to suggest that in isolation smoking or saturated fats cause high blood
pressure but they are recognized as contributing factors to heart attacks and strokes. Your risk of having a
heart attack or stroke will be greatly reduced of you stop smoking and reduce the amount of saturated fat you
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Research material about Lifestyle Changes for Hypertension Treatment provided by K.
Standerline, State Registered Nurse. UK
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