How can I be affected by hypertension?
People may develop hypertension because it runs in their family or due to lifestyle habits, such as harmful use of alcohol, physical inactivity, overweight, high salt intake, or stress.
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2. World Health Organisation. A global brief on hypertension Silent killer, public health crisis. WHO 2013
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4. World Health Organisation. A global brief on hypertension Silent killer, public health crisis. WHO 2013
Reducing the risk
What can I do to reduce the risk of hypertension (high blood pressure)?
Prevention is key and individuals can reduce their risk by following these 10 guidelines:
- Maintain a healthy body weight
- Exercise for an average of 30 minutes a day
- Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables – daily
- Cut down on salt consumption
- Reduce fat and sugar intake
- Don’t smoke tobacco
- Reduce caffeine
- Don’t drink too much alcohol – stick to daily recommendations
- Add beetroot and beetroot juice to your diet
- Avoid stress where possible and allow time for relaxation
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