How can I reduce my risk of high blood pressure?
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 health.
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