Almost 17 million adults in Britain – that’s 1in 3 – have high blood pressure and over a third are not even aware of it because it usually has no symptoms. The only way to find out what your blood pressure readings are is to have it measured.
The good news is that everyone can lower their blood pressure and reduce their risk of stroke and heart disease by making the following lifestyle changes recommended here
Eat less salt
Aim to eat less than 6g of salt a day. Watch out for ‘hidden’ salt by checking the labels. Evidence shows that too much salt is a major contributor to high blood pressureEat more fruit and Aim to eat at least five portions a day, ideally seven to nine. Fruit and vegetables are sources of potassium, which helps to lower blood pressure.
Be as active as you can
Be active for at least 30 minutes, five times a week. This could mean getting off the bus a stop early or taking up an active hobby like gardening or bowling.
If you are overweight your blood pressure is likely to be higher. If you only need to lose a little weight, try increasing exercise.
Drink alcohol in moderation
This means no more than two-three units a day for women; three-four units a day for men. 1 unit = a measure of spirits; half a pint of normal strength draught lager; bitter or cider; teeny glass of wineEnjoy your life but look after yourself