8 ways to control high blood pressure

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High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is a worldwide problem and the leading risk factor for death. With an estimated one billion people diagnosed with high blood pressure throughout the world, it is truly a global problem, on par with tobacco use as a risk for dying. But, there are techniques to help control high blood pressure.

In fact, the blood pressure control rate has improved over the last decade in the United States. Approximately 50 percent of those diagnosed with hypertension are controlling it, and that number could go as high as 85 percent if people followed steps to control their blood pressure. Here are eight effective methods:

  1. Maintain an active lifestyle and healthy weight.
  2. Limit salt and sodium consumption.
  3. Eat a healthy diet.
  4. Restrict alcohol consumption.
  5. Avoid smoking.
  6. Reduce consumption of caffeine.
  7. Limit stress.
  8. Take medications as directed. Continue reading