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About 67 million people in this country have high blood pressure. It is entirely possible to have it and not know you have it. It is known as “the silent killer”.

Here are the top 10 risk factors:

  • More than 10 pounds overweight.
  • Over the age of 45.
  • Poor dietary habits.
  • You consume salt and red meat.
  • High levels of stress.
  • Don’t get enough exercise.
  • You smoke.
  • You consume more than 2 alcoholic beverages a day.
  • Poor sleeping habits.
  • Family history.

There are steps you can take to keep your blood pressure under control:

  • Ask your physician what your blood pressure should be.
  • If you are on blood pressure meds make sure to take them.
  • If you smoke, QUIT; If you don’t smoke DON’T START.
  • Reduce the amount of sodium in your diet. (The daily recommended intake of sodium is 1 teaspoon or 2,300 mg. This includes sodium found in packaged and prepared foods.
  • Find ways to manage your stress. A great way is to get regular physical activity.
  • Consume a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, low in saturated fat and cholesterol.


Following a healthy lifestyle is the best way to keep high blood pressure at bay.


Kathy Soury

Healthy Living & Weight Loss Coach

Healthy Fit for Women


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