Doctors at the Mayo Clinic point out that people with a normal blood pressure at age 55 still have a 90 per cent chance of developing high blood pressure. But there is much you can do to prevent this from happening. For instance, even a small weight loss can reduce your blood pressure.
A study has shown that for those with mildly raised blood pressure of 120 to 139 mm Hg (systolic or upper figure) each kilogram of weight loss leads to a decrease of one mm Hg. Limiting sodium in the diet is also useful – keeping it to 1,500 to 2,400 mg per day may reduce systolic pressure by 2 to 8 mm Hg.
Eating a heart healthy diet with fruits, vegetables and low fat may reduce systolic blood pressure by 8 to 14 mm Hg. Other tips include taking more physical activity – 30 minutes a day of vigorous exercise – and limiting alcohol to one or two drinks a day.
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