As we age our bodies go through a number of changes. One of the more notable of which is our arteries hardened, which has the effect of raising our systolic blood pressure. Several studies have shown that people with higher blood pressure, or hypertension, have a much greater risk of contracting heart and kidney disease and experiencing a cardiovascular insult or stroke. And a newly published study by the national Institute of health suggests that the previous blood pressure water line of 140 should actually be lowered down to 120.
While there is simply nothing to be done about the inevitable march of time, there are several things you can do to keep your blood pressure nominal as you age. The most well-known methods of controlling blood pressure involve maintaining a healthy body weight, getting regular exercise, and if your doctor deems it necessary, taking a course of blood pressure modulating medication. However, you can also keep your blood pressure at a healthy rate by abstaining from eating foods that are packed with salt and by keeping your alcohol consumption moderate. Also, adjusting your diet so that it has a focus on vitamin and mineral rich fruits and vegetables has been proven to combat hypertension.
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