Maintain a Healthy Weight to Help Control Blood Pressure
Obesity is a risk factor for
high blood pressure. Losing as little as
10 lb (4.5 kg) can help lower
If you are 10% or more above your healthy weight
range, losing just a few pounds often can reduce your blood pressure and may
allow you to take less medicine to control your blood pressure.
Exercising and reducing total fat and calories in your diet will help you
lose weight. Limit total fat to 30% or less of your total calories. Limit
saturated fat to 8% to 10% of your total calories. The amounts of fat and
saturated fat in foods are usually printed on the nutrition information labels.
Losing weight can help lower your cholesterol levels also.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerRobert A. Kloner, MD, PhD - Cardiology