Manage Blood Pressure

22 Feb

Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the walls of your arteries as your heart pumps blood. When blood pressure stays in a normal range (below 120/80 mm Hg), it reduces the strain on your heart, arteries, and kidneys.


Eat a heart-healthy, low-salt diet (around 1,500 mg/day of sodium).

Eat lots of fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy products.

Stay active and at a healthy weight. (Losing as few as 5 or 10 pounds can greatly reduce blood pressure).

Manage stress.

Limit alcohol (no more than 2 drinks per day for men and 1 drink for women).

Don’t smoke

Talk to your doctor about your family history.

Source:  Humana Active Outlook Premiere Issue 2015

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