By Rich Rowland
The ACC and American Heart Association (AHA) recently posted new guidelines for the "detection, prevention, management and treatment of high blood pressure."
According to the updated guidelines (last updated in 2003), they have lowered "the definition of high blood pressure to account for complications that can occur at lower numbers and to allow for earlier intervention. The new definition will result in nearly half of the U.S. adult population (46 percent) having high blood pressure, with the greatest impact expected among younger people. Additionally, the prevalence of high blood pressure is expected to triple among men under age 45, and double among women under 45."
So what can you do to meet or beat the new blood pressure guidelines? Here are the 3 keys to get it down. 1. Move more. 30 or more minutes a day of exercise. 2. Reduce sodium. Take a look at that nutritional label, and shoot for less that 2,300 mg a day. 3. Limit your alcohol intake. You don’t always have to be a party animal. Your body is worth investing in.
To learn more about the new blood pressure guidelines, here are two articles with great information: