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Do's and Don'ts

Consumers : Consumer Facts : Do's And Don'ts

Blood pressure increases with age. 9 out of 10 people will develop ypertension unless they lead a healthy lifestyle. There are several things that you can do to reduce your risk of hypertension and to lower your blood pressure

Exercise- Be physically active for 30 to 60 minutes on most days of the week. Remember that even a little bit of activity is better than no activity at all. Salt- In general, the more processed a food is, the higher the salt content. Try not to add salt to your cooking and removed the salt shaker from the table.
Diet- Choose the following more often: vegetables, fruit, lowfat dairy products, food low in saturated and trans fat and salt, whole grains and lean meat, fish and poultry. Limit fast foods, canned foods or foods that are bought prepared. Alcohol- If you drink alcohol, limit the amount to two drinks a day or less. A regular-sized bottle or can of beer, 1.5 oz. of hard liquor, or a regular sized glass of wine are all equal to a single alcoholic drink.
Weight Loss- If you are overweight, losing about 10 lbs (5k) will lower your blood pressure, and reducing your weight to within a healthy range will lower your blood pressure even more. Smoking- It is important to stop smoking if you have high blood pressure. Smoking increases that risk of developing heart problems and other diseases. Living and working places that are smoke free are also important.

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