According to the CDC, about 108 million adults in the United States are affected by high blood pressure. This number is staggering and only 1 in 4 have this issue under control. It is crucial to keep your blood pressure under control as high blood pressure can cause damage to blood vessels.
While there is no immediate quick fix, below are some ways that will help lower your blood pressure:
- Regularly monitor blood pressure. Keeping track of your older adult’s blood pressure is key to reducing it. After all, it’s tough to improve something that you can’t measure. Get a home blood pressure monitor to take measurements daily or weekly and keep track of any changes.
- Take medications as prescribed. If your older adult’s doctor has prescribed medication to control blood pressure, be sure they follow instructions – take pills on time, don’t skip doses, and don’t cut pills in half.
- Maintain a healthy weight. Those who are overweight could lower blood pressure by losing just 10 pounds.
- Exercise regularly. Regular exercise helps lower blood pressure. Aim for moderate activity at least 2.5 hours a week.
- Cut out smoking and reduce alcohol consumption. When someone smokes, the nicotine raises blood pressure and heart rate. Cut this out to help decrease your blood pressure. Drinking alcohol also increases blood pressure. If your older adult drinks, limit it to 2 drinks a day for men and 1 drink a day for women.
Reducing stress and drinking plenty of water are also effective ways to keep your health in line.