Q: What can I do to control my high blood pressure?
My GP told me that I am suffering from high blood
pressure and that I will need medication to control it for the rest
of my life. I am only
44 and I can’t imagine taking pills for the rest of my life, are
there other ways of controlling my blood pressure?
A: Dr Khalid says
High blood pressure or hypertension as it is also known must be controlled
as high levels increase the risk of heart disease and stoke. Over 25%
of the UK population suffer from high blood pressure and the majority
do not require tablets to control it, instead they adopt a healthy lifestyle
which can significantly reduce and control high blood pressure. Simply
speaking, you should try and control your weight, moderate your salt
intake, exercise regularly (at least 4 times a week for 30-35 minutes
each time) and eat a healthy diet, low in fat and high in fibre. View
the MHN Lifestyle section for further information.
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