High blood pressure: how can I lower it?
Tuesday 01 May 2007
What can I do to lower my blood pressure? I am in reasonably good health now, but there's a history of stroke in my family.
Dr Fred Kavalier answers your health question:
I assume you have been told that your blood pressure is too high. With a family history of stroke, it is essential that you do everything you can to protect yourself. Strokes are devastating; 150,000 people suffer them every year. A third of them die and a third are left disabled. High blood pressure is the main risk factor that you can do something about. Firstly, lose weight. Getting it down into the normal range may bring your blood pressure down. Sometimes a few pounds' weight loss makes a big difference to blood pressure. Your body mass index (BMI) should be less than 25, and you may even want to aim for 22 or 23. To calculate your BMI, take your weight in kilograms and divide it by your height in metres squared (see http://nhlbisupport.com/bmi). Next, think about diet. A low-salt diet will help. Processed foods are often very salty - look at the nutritional information labels. More fruit and vegetables will also help. Too much alcohol puts blood pressure up. Next, think about exercise. Thirty minutes a day of aerobic exercise is ideal, but any exercise is better than none. Regular exercise can be as effective as medication in lowering blood pressure. If changing your diet and lifestyle is not enough, don't be afraid to take medication.
Please mail your questions for Dr Fred to email@example.com. He regrets that he is unable to respond personally to questions.
Life & Style blogs
Most women have lived out their sexual fantasies, survey shows
Rihanna's Met Gala dress took one Chinese woman 2 years to make, was reduced to omelette meme in 2 seconds
International abortion laws: The six nations where it is still illegal to have an abortion
Women think Irish men are the sexiest, survey finds
What do the emoji on Snapchat mean?
- 2 Qataris pledge to expand Canary Wharf
- 3 #JeSuisEd: People share photos of themselves eating awkwardly in solidarity with Labour leader
- 4 Women think Irish men are the sexiest, survey finds
- 5 Florida couple forced to register as sex offenders for having sex on public beach
£35000 - £43000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: C# and .Net Developer - n...
£35 - 40k: Guru Careers: Our client has a new role for a Digital Marketing Exe...
£35000 - £40000 per annum + car and benefits: Ashdown Group: Marketing Manager...
£18000 - £20000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Helpdesk Analyst - Devon - £20,000 ...