Last Updated on Dec 07, 2016

Benefits of Blood Pressure Tablets on your Health - Lifestyle Modification

Lifestyle Modification

Clinging to a healthy lifestyle is definitely helpful; the utility is that it reduces the medication requirements.

  • Cutting down the daily salt consumption to 6 gms. You may check the food labels to know the salt content. Understand that 6 gms of NaCl (salt) means 2.4 gms of sodium. Dietary sodium reduction is a must. Processed foods contribute most of the dietary sodium.
  • Adequate amount of fresh fruits and vegetables: These contain high potassium content.
  • Low-fat dairy products.
  • Quit smoking. Each time you smoke a cigarette your blood pressure increases transiently by 10 to 15 mm Hg.
  • Caffeine in coffee need not be eliminated.
  • Heavy drinking is to be avoided. The effect of moderate drinking is still debated.
  • Stress management is an adjunct.

To conclude, let me stress once again on the very fact that antihypertensive drugs are the key players in the management of hypertension. Their benefits in reducing the incidence of heart disease and other complications have been clinically proven. A healthy life style is an add-on to the therapy for a hypertensive patient and never a standalone solution.

References:

  1. The Seventh Report of the Joint National Committee on the Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure (JNC 7)
  2. Cecil Medicine, 23rd Ed.

Comments

sant3317 Thursday, June 9, 2016

I have been using Lisinopril 5 mg for last twenty years [i am 68 now] with my blood pressure maintained within 140/90.I dont find any side effects either apart from I am feeling healthy and sexualy active even at this age.

kingshaka Wednesday, July 10, 2013

l am using atacand plus 16mg and Atenolo 50mg what are the side effects

suresh912 Sunday, April 7, 2013

This is very good side for all types of peoples. very very thnk.

drsuresh1 Wednesday, September 22, 2010

certainly it is TRUE.we need to b more careful regsrdind BP MEDICATIONS. YOGA EXERCISE PRANAYAM MEDITATION DIET have some value BUT cannot replace MEDICINES. ONE shoukd b cautious at 130/90 reading-starting antihypertensive medicines is really beneficial in slowing/stopping complications.

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