MD - General Medicine, CCEDM, Fellowship In Neurology & Stroke, Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Endocrinology & Diabetes
Internal Medicine Specialist, Navi Mumbai
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Reducing the daily sodium intake is essential to deal with hypertension.
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Eating excessive salt is often considered to boost the blood pressure up. Therefore, anyone who is suffering from hypertension or high blood pressure needs to lower the daily sodium intake, preferably not more than 2.4 grams a day. One needs to stop eating foods that are high in sodium such as canned foods and processed foods to keep a tab on the quantity of salt consumed. The doctor may advise reducing the intake of sodium or salt to less than 1.5 grams depending on the severity of the condition.
Smoking does not influence hypertension.
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Studies have shown that smoking constricts the blood vessels, which increases the blood pressure. It also releases certain hormones responsible for working against insulin that worsens hypertension. Quitting smoking decreases the risk of high blood pressure as well as heart attack, so it is immensely beneficial. If one is not able to quit smoking then seek the help of a medical practitioner to obtain desired results efficiently.
Reducing stress can also be a general yet constructive tip for dealing with hypertension.
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When it comes to chronic stress, it is considered to be a significant contributor to the increase in the risk of hypertension. Not only chronic anxiety, but occasional stress may also cause high blood pressure. Consumption of unhealthy food items, increase the alcohol intake, and smoking also helps reduce stress, but in turn increase hypertension. Therefore, indulge in healthy activities while dealing with stress. This will not only keep one happy but also help prevent hypertension. It is advised to consult a doctor so that he/she can help accurately deal with stress so that it will help prevent hypertension.
Which of these lifestyle-related tips can be effective in dealing with hypertension?
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Lifestyle has a strong effect on high blood pressure or hypertension. Therefore, the introduction of few healthy alterations (eating healthy food, limiting the intake of alcohol, exercising regularly) in the lifestyle can help deal with blood pressure, and in turn hypertension. Consult a medical professional for changes in the lifestyle that help deal with hypertension.
Which of these tips does one need to keep in mind when suffering from hypertension?
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Hypertension refers to a condition where the blood pressure in the arteries increases continuously. As it usually causes no symptoms, one needs to regularly check the blood pressure levels and never miss the hypertension medications, if there s any, to keep it in control. One also needs to maintain a healthy weight as obesity increases the risk of hypertension. Consult a physician about the ideal weight you need to maintain and accordingly follow the diet suggested to keep hypertension under control.