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Cut your chances of high blood pressure
10:26am Friday 15th February 2013 in Health
Having high blood pressure can be prevented by eating healthily, maintaining a healthy weight, taking regular exercise, drinking alcohol in moderation and not smoking.
Cut down on the amount of salt in your food and eat a low-fat diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables.
Regularly drinking alcohol above what the NHS recommends will raise your blood pressure over time.
Drinking more than four cups of coffee a day may increase your blood pressure.
Being overweight forces your heart to work harder to pump blood around your body which can raise your blood pressure.
Being active and taking regular exercise lowers blood pressure by keeping your heart and blood vessels in good condition.
Therapies like stress management through meditation or yoga or cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) or biofeedback can help reduce blood pressure.
- If you are concerned about high blood pressure, see your GP.