Treatment tips for high blood pressure

Salt crystalAs a short follow-up to the article on the relation between neck injury and high blood pressure, this article summarizes some treatment tips to lower blood pressure. A blood pressure level of 140/90 mmHg or higher is considered high. About two-thirds
of people over age 65 have high blood pressure. There are of course efficient medications as well but these tips focus on what you can do right now and they will also have positive effects on your general condition. The boring thing is that there is no simple solution and most tips revolve around a lifestyle change in diet and exercise.

Eat less salt and sodium

Salt contains sodium. The human requirement for sodium in the diet is about 500 mg per day. Most people consume far more sodium than is physiologically needed. For certain people with salt-sensitive blood pressure, this extra intake may cause a negative effect on health. So, switch to a mineral based salt (which often contain less sodium but still tastes “salty”), be restrictive with extra seasoning in restaurants and pre-canned foods. Eat more fruit and vegetables.

Lower your weight

Being overweight increases your risk of high blood pressure. In fact, your blood pressure rises as your body weight increases. Losing even 10 pounds (4.5 kg) can lower your blood pressure and losing weight has the biggest effect on those who are overweight and already have hypertension. A combination of less calories/carbon hydrates (sugar etc) and exercise is one of the fastest way to loose weight.

Be pysically active

This is of course important in any healthy lifestyle, but may be the hardest to start with for many people, especially if you are overweight. Increase exercise gradually. Start by walking a part of your daily transportation routine. If you are taking the car to work, park two blocks away, if you go by bus, get off on a stop earlier and walk the remainder. Gradually increase walking speed.

Tips are based on the recommendation from the National Institutes of Health’s Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure.

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4 thoughts on “Treatment tips for high blood pressure

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  2. mary

    I have suffered whiplash. Hypertension has not been addressed by my doctors. But my blood pressure is 150/100 on a daily bases since the auto accident. Prior blood pressures were 90/60 for years.

  3. Mary

    I have had a similar experience as Lillian, only I have gone to a chiropractor for years, and only recently have the treatments raised my blood pressure. I had to quit going to him. I am considering taking physical therapy, but am afraid they might be too rough. It seems that moving my head to the right can bring on blood pressure problems.

  4. em whitley

    i have fallen several times, in 2004 i fell backward at above ground swimming pool and broke right wrist, a complete break, since then i have fallen but without broken bones, however, my blood pressure and pulse rate ocassionaly increased after 2004.
    2012 i fell again, i was in constant low and upper back pain.
    now i am on 2 different blood pressure meds, metaprolol and norvasc. my blood pressure spikes almost everyday in evening, however, if i take a tramadol 50mg, my blood pressure goes back to normal after 15 takes bp med 2hrs to lower bp, there is very little info on back pain and high blood pressure. hope some very smart dr.reading this will research pain and bp.

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