According to recent studies, one out of four adults living in the United States has high blood pressure. A great first step in not only treating but also preventing this condition is by adopting a healthy lifestyle which includes improving ones level of physical fitness. Although one out of four adults living in the United States has high blood pressure the majority of these people do not even know they have it for there are no symptoms. Even those with high physical fitness levels and who lead a healthy lifestyle in general can get this condition so it is important to get a regular check up from your doctor.
Preventing and controlling high blood pressure is most often achieved by simple yet effective lifestyle changes. This not only includes improving ones level of physical fitness by way of regular exercise but by following healthy eating patterns as well. Studies have shown that elevated blood pressure can be reduced by eating fruits, vegetables and low fat dairy foods and an overall program low in saturated fat, total fat and cholesterol. In other words this condition can be prevented and controlled by a basic physical fitness and fat burning diet approach.
Another important way to reduce high blood pressure is to reduce the intake of salt and sodium in ones daily diet. For those who are out of shape and used to eating in an unhealthy manner it may seem like a lot of work to improve physical fitness levels, eat healthy as well as reduce the intake of salt and sodium. But for those who are serious not only about preventing but especially controlling their high blood pressure this should be priority one. Even those without this heart condition have changed their lifestyles in order to improve their level of physical fitness, eat healthy and avoid excess amounts of salt and sodium because of a desire to attain a body that is free of excess fat tissue.
It is also possible to further prevent and control high blood pressure by reducing ones intake of alcoholic beverages as well as quit smoking. As you can clearly see a lifestyle based around improved physical fitness is the key to preventing and controlling this condition. It is all about improving the condition of the heart muscle as uncontrolled high blood pressure can lead to a stroke, heart attack, heart failure or kidney failure. If improving ones level of physical fitness and eating habits, reducing ones intake of salt, sodium and alcohol as well as quitting smoking do not help with this condition then the only other option is to take specified medications prescribed by a doctor.