High blood pressure and high cholesterol are never “cured.” You may lower your numbers by making lifestyle changes and taking medicine. Over time this may help you decrease your risk of heart disease.
Get at least 30 minutes of exercise most days of the week. You can do this 10 minutes at a time. (Always check with your doctor before starting an exercise program.)
Lose weight if you are overweight. ( Ten pounds can make a difference.)
Eat foods that are low in salt and fat. Eat a lot of fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy products.
Don’t smoke, if you smoke, pick a quit date and ask your doctor for help.
If you drink alcoholic beverages, do so in moderation.
Ask your family members for help. Your family will be happy you are taking steps to live a longer healthier life.
Check with your doctor before you stop taking any medicine or before making any changes to your dosage.
Lowering your blood pressure and cholesterol may take time. Be patient and stay on your treatment plan.
Source: Aetna Insurance Booklet 2015
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