How can I reduce my risk?

Am I at risk?

Factors that can raise your risk of developing high blood pressure include:

  • age – the risk of developing high blood pressure increases as you get older
  • a family history of high blood pressure
  • Ethnicity – Black African, Black Caribbean or South Asian background
  • a high amount of salt in your food
  • low physical activity levels
  • being overweight
  • regularly drinking alcohol above the recommended limits
  • long-term stress

Smoking doesn’t directly affect your blood pressure, but it does lead to cardiovascular disease.

What can I do to keep my blood pressure at a healthy level?

Making healthy lifestyle changes can help keep your blood pressure at a normal level. These may include:

Eating healthily – particularly eating less salt, and plenty of fruit and vegetables;
Moving more;
Losing weight if you are overweight;
Drinking less alcohol;
Trying to find time to relax and reduce stress
Getting your blood pressure checked regularly

Don’t worry, you don’t have to do all this at once and taking small steps can make a big difference to your blood pressure and overall health.