Once men reach the age of 45, they have a higher risk of developing high blood pressure. High blood pressure is defined as a blood pressure of 140/90 or higher. It can increase your risk for heart failure, kidney failure and vision problems. “One in three Americans has high blood pressure and is not aware of it,” says Joy L. LeDoux-Johnson, MD, internal medicine physician at Saint Francis Medical Center.
Here are some tips for lowering your blood pressure:
Pay close attention to your diet. Limit your salt intake; ideally, you should consume less than 2,300 milligrams of sodium per day. Also, focus on fruits and vegetables, and low-fat milk and dairy products.
Be as active as possible. Studies have shown that the more active a person is, the lower his risk of developing high blood pressure.
Stop smoking and limit your alcohol intake.
Lose weight. Losing as little as 10-20 pounds can help lower blood pressure.
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