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I have high blood pressure - now what?

There are several different changes that your body goes through as it ages and for the most part you notice these changes even when others cannot. No one knows your body like you do. But there are some changes that happen to the body that are silent and you don't even realize that it is happening until it develops into a condition or disease. One such condition is high blood pressure.

There are several factors that can attribute to the development of high blood pressure. They include a family history, over weight, age, stress, alcohol, tobacco use, and of course not eating the right foods. The chances of developing high blood pressure increases the more causes are a part of your daily life. But what is great about most of the above is the fact that you can decrease your chances of developing high blood pressure by making a few simple changes in your life. If you already have high blood pressure it's not too late to make these changes in order to get your high blood pressure under control.

Because high blood pressure should never go left untreated it is vital to recognize the signs and symptoms so you can report to the doctor if you feel as though your blood pressure might be elevated. For most people you don&acit know when your blood pressure rises so it's best to check your blood pressure routinely and always report simple signs and symptoms which can indicate that something may be wrong.

If you have been diagnosed with high blood pressure there are several ways that you can learn to live with it.

Eat sensible: It's important to eat a well balanced meal for several reasons including to lower your blood pressure. Your doctor can give you a diet to follow according to what they recommend. This may include decrease total fat and saturated fat, increasing the number of servings of fruit, whole grains and vegetables. It's also a good time to decrease the amount of salt that you add to your food. At first it may be hard to adjust to the taste so it may be best to decrease it a little everyday or you can use different seasonings and spices. Now is the time to try that new recipe you have been putting off.

Exercise or walk on a regular basis. This is important even if you don't have high blood pressure. Exercising will help you keep the extra weight off and keep you active.

Don't use tobacco and decrease your alcohol intake. This is also important even if you do not have high blood pressure to help you live a healthy life.

Decrease and learn to manage your stress. Even though you can't avoid stress altogether how you handle your stress is a key factor in how your body reacts to it. There are several complications that can occur from too much stress including high blood pressure. Talk to your doctor, join a group, make time for yourself, or keep a journal to help you learn how to decrease your stress.

Living with high blood pressure can be easier if you know your body and you understand what may be causing it. Always keep your doctor appointments to have your blood pressure checked regularly. You can also purchase a blood pressure kit to check your own blood pressure at home. Check it regularly and document your results show you can show your doctor at your next appointment.

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