Did you know that people who work in stressful jobs are more likely to have hypertension? We’ve previously discussed how high blood pressure and hypertension can have a negative affect on our circulatory system. This week, we’re diving into how you can prevent several factors that can cause hypertension and high blood pressure.
EverydayHealth.com says that there are several factors that we can’t control such as age, family history or ethnic disposition. However we can control our lifestyle choices, which also have a huge impact on our blood pressure. EverydayHealth.com offers these suggestions:
- Maintain a healthy weight – Carrying excess weight can raise your blood pressure. With the holidays fast approaching, starting a workout regimen could help keep those holiday bonus pounds off.
- Balance your diet – Eating well can keep extra weight off. Consume potassium-rich fruits and veggies in addition to limiting your sugar, salt and fat intake. Alcohol consumption is another factor in high blood pressure due to high fructose content.
- Reduce sodium intake – Reducing the amount of sodium in your diet can also help lower blood pressure. Also note that while processed and prepackaged meals make quick dinners, they tend to be higher in sodium.
- Exercise regularly – Regular exercise is imperative to a healthy lifestyle and cardiovascular system. It helps us use up the sodium and sugar we eat, as well as keep off excess weight.
We hope these four tips will help you avoid the negative impacts of hypertension and high blood pressure. To learn more, visit our Vein Clinic. Or, schedule an appointment by calling 907-563-8346 (VEIN).