In the Black community, high blood pressure (HBP), also known as hypertension, is a common health condition to say the least. In fact, more than 40 percent of African Americans have HBP, according to the American Heart Association. Whether it’s a close relative or friend, if you’re African American, there’s a good chance that you know someone with HBP. Unfortunately, it’s considered the norm, but it doesn’t have to be that way at all.
Higher rates of obesity and diabetes and plain ole genetics put African Americans at a higher risk for HBP. Not to be taken lightly, HBP that’s left untreated can lead to a stroke. If you take medication to help control your blood pressure, then by all means, continue following your doctor’s orders, but perhaps – just perhaps – the best medicine is a new, healthy lifestyle. The following suggestions can not only lower your blood pressure but reduce your need for medication. Keep reading to find out what they are.
1. Lose weight.
Only do so if you’re overweight or obese. Need some convincing? Essentially, the more weight you lose, the better your blood pressure. Also, if you’re already taking medication(s) to treat your HBP, losing weight will help make those medications more effective.
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