5 Lifestyle Changes to Lower Risk of Hypertension


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It is estimated that nearly 30 percent of adults in the United States have high blood pressure, the leading risk for cardiovascular disease. This increase in risk is due to the damage high blood pressure does to the arteries, causing a breakdown in the function of the heart and, subsequently, the rest of the body.

In many cases, medication and perhaps, surgery are the best options for treating hypertension and any resulting health problems, researchers have found a link between five different lifestyle changes and a reduction in blood pressure, thus a reduction in one’s risk of heart-related diseases.

The Vitamin C blood pressure study, based on 20,000 participants between 25 and 74 went on for two decades, and each participant started with a healthy blood pressure level. Over the course of the study, over 1,500 participants developed hypertension after 16 years. Of those participants, alcohol consumption and a BMI above a healthy level were linked to a diagnosis of hypertension. Those who limited drinking, maintained a healthy weight, and refrained from smoking had a dramatic decrease in ever developing hypertension.

The Researchers Defined The Healthy Lifestyle Factors As:

  1. Not smoking
  2. Alcohol Consumption less than 50g per week
  3. Physical Activity/Leisure Time at least 3 times per week
  4. Daily Consumption of vegetables
  5. Normal Weight ( Body Mass Index BMI <25kg)

While it is understood that leading a healthy lifestyle can prevent disease, this study is just the first of likely many that showcase the dramatic difference between those who lead a healthy lifestyle and those who make less desirable choices. Another recent study, which may help support these finding, correlated jogging with boosting life span.

Additional Sources:
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/08/120827074155.htm
http://www.escardio.org/about/press/press-releases/esc12-munich/Pages/healthy-lifestyle-reduces-risk-hypertension.aspx