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High Blood Pressure (AKA Hypertension) - The Silent Killer

September 16, 2021

Maintaining healthy blood pressure is something we all know is important but often don't check unless we’re at the doctor's office. But it cannot be overstated how important knowing your Blood Pressure reading is to avoiding a number of really serious health outcomes.

    In addition to the obvious heart attack and stroke, Hypertension can contribute to other health problems including vision loss, sexual dysfunction and even Dementia.

    You may be unlucky to have a family history of Hypertension, but many of the biggest contributing factors are, for better or worse, lifestyle choices. The good news is that those are in your control.

    Weight Loss is one of the most effective ways to control high blood pressure. According to Mayo Clinic, losing even a few pounds can help reduce your blood pressure.                                      

    • Pro Tip: Start keeping a “Food Diary” of what you eat.

    Exercise. Regular physical activity of about 30 minutes most days of the week can lower your blood pressure and has many other health benefits too, including lowering stress levels.                                                  

    • Pro Tip: Partner with an “Exercise Buddy” to keep motivated.

    A Diet that is rich in whole grains, fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy products and skimps on saturated fat and cholesterol can lower your blood pressure. Drink in moderation.                                               

    • Pro Tip: Think positive, you’re ADDING new foods not depriving yourself!

    Quit Smoking. While quitting can be a big challenge, the health benefits of giving up smoking are well worth the effort.                                                

    • Pro Tip: Talk to your Doctor about ways to help.

    Support Having friends, family and health care providers as partners makes a huge difference. Whether it’s an exercise buddy, someone to help manage your diet plan or a trusted health care provider to talk to can help you be a success in managing your blood pressure.

    • Pro Tip: Comfort Health can be that support.