Wednesday, April 28, 2010

High Blood Pressure Shouldn't Be Ignored By Aging Americans

Two-thirds of Americans over 60 have high blood pressure or hypertension. And 90% of those who live past 60 will eventually develop it.

Hypertension is a serious problem. It can damage the heart, kidneys and brain. It can lead to heart attacks, strokes, heart and kidney failure and dementia.

Take measures NOW to lower your risk by:

1. Reducing your stress

2. Cutting back on sodium

3. Losing weight

4. Exercising

5. Being aware that just about all over-the-counter pain relievers can cause blood pressure to rise

6. Eating 3 servings of whole grains a day (A Harvard Study reported that men who included whole grains in their diet were 19% less likely to develop hypertension over an 18 year span than those who ate the least amount of whole grains).

There are also many safe and effective drugs to lower your blood pressure.

1 comment:

Diane J Standiford said...

IMO it is more dangerous than almost anything else and we can DO something about it.