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It’s estimated that nearly half of the U.S. adult population has high blood pressure. Up to 30 percent may have resistant hypertension, according to a recent study. Individuals with resistant hypertension have a high risk for cardiovascular complications and often have multiple health conditions that make it harder to get their blood pressure under control.
The American Heart Association recommends that people with resistant hypertension make lifestyle changes to control their blood pressure. By tending to your whole health in body, mind and spirit, you’ll help manage your blood pressure while also benefiting your overall health and well-being.
If you have hypertension or are at risk for hypertension, follow these tips to improve your whole health:
- Manage your weight. Obesity is linked to more elevated high blood pressure readings. Losing weight tends to lower blood pressure and reduce the need for multiple antihypertensive drugs.
- Limit sodium intake. A moderate reduction of dietary salt generally helps lower blood pressure. Salt-sensitive groups especially see their blood pressure drop when they cut back on salt. This population includes: older adults, African-Americans, and people with chronic kidney disease.
- Avoid alcohol. Research has linked heavy alcohol consumption to high and resistant blood pressure.
To maintain a healthy blood pressure, or to minimize your risks of developing it, health experts also recommend:
- Following a high-fiber, low-fat diet
- Exercising at least 30 minutes five or more days a week
- Managing stress
- Avoiding smoking
If you have questions about how to best manage your blood pressure, reach out to one of our whole-health experts today at 844-362-2329.