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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.

If you have any medical questions for Dr Khalid please email him at drkhalidwyne@muslimhealthnetwork.org