High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, happens when the force at which the blood is rushing through the veins is constantly too high over the day. There are many different causes, such as underlying health conditions or unhealthy lifestyle habits. However, regardless of the cause, a higher than normal blood pressure can be a worrying risk factor for many other conditions and can lead to damaged organs.
It is therefore important to take steps to address the problem earlier. Here are some tips to lower blood pressure.
Watch Your Weight
If you are looking for a simple way to reduce blood pressure, it would be helpful to start managing your weight. Studies have shown that blood pressure rises in relation to a higher body weight. This means that just losing around 10 pounds can significantly lower your blood pressure. In fact, if you are currently medically obese or overweight, losing weight is the biggest step that you can take to achieve a healthier blood pressure level.
One of the best ways to lose weight is to start eating healthier. Avoiding processed food and lowering salt intake in the meals can be a good start to maintaining a heart-healthy diet. On top of this, ensure that there is a varied diet of vegetables, healthy fats, grains, fruits, and lean meats.
Lead an Active Lifestyle
Another lifestyle change that can help is to start incorporating more physical activities into your everyday routine. Even if you are at a healthy weight, picking up some forms of exercise that can get you up and moving can help to lower your blood pressure. This can be as simple as choosing to walk more to your different appointments or taking up activities like yoga or tai-chi. For individuals with a higher level of fitness, cardio or strength training has been shown to have significant impacts on a person’s blood pressure.
Monitor Your Blood Pressure Often
High blood pressure develops over time and its effects can sneak past you without you realizing it. High blood pressure is a significant risk factor for many different health issues like aneurysms, kidney disease, metabolic syndrome, heart disease, and even dementia. Use a blood pressure monitor at home to perform regular monitoring of blood pressure, so that you can track and measure your progress.
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At Discovery Village At Deerwood, we understand that it isn’t always easy to live on your own. This is especially so if you are struggling with health conditions or living alone. This is why we offer resort-style senior living options that allow residents to access personalized care. On top of this, we believe that an enriching life is not just limited to physical health, which is why our team also designs meaningful exclusive senior living programs and a wide range of interesting and fun activities and events for all residents to enjoy
For more information on what we can do to help you or your loved one, contact us today.