Hypertension, or high blood pressure, affects millions globally. It's called the "silent killer" because it damages your arteries without your knowledge for years, raising your risk of heart disease, stroke, and kidney disease.
A balanced diet helps control blood pressure. Eat more fruits, vegetables, healthy grains, lean proteins, and low-fat dairy.
Physical exercise helps regulate blood pressure. Regular activity like brisk walking, running, cycling, or swimming strengthens your heart and improves blood vessel flexibility, lowering blood pressure.
High blood pressure may result from chronic stress. To relax your mind and lower stress hormones, try meditation, deep breathing, yoga, or mindfulness.
Drinking too much may cause hypertension. Moderate alcohol use may have health advantages, but to control blood pressure, restrict women to one drink per day and men to two.
Being overweight or obese increases hypertension risk. Diet and exercise may decrease blood pressure and enhance health by maintaining a healthy weight.
Managing hypertension requires regular blood pressure monitoring. You can check your blood pressure at home or with a doctor.
Poor sleep may raise blood pressure. Get 7-9 hours of good sleep each night. A steady sleep routine, a pleasant sleep environment, and limiting coffee and screen time before bedtime may enhance sleep quality.