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 blood pressure.

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.

By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Robert A. Kloner, MD, PhD - Cardiology
Last Revised April 5, 2013

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