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Five methods to combat high blood pressure
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Which one of the following lifestyle choices is best at preventing high blood pressure? • Never smoking. •Drinking seven or fewer alcoholic drinks weekly for women, or 14 or fewer drinks a week for men. • Eating a healthy diet, especially by following the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, also known as the DASH diet. • Getting 150 minutes or more a week of moderate to vigorous physical activity. • Maintaining a healthy weight. According to Dr. Bret Rogers, a cardiologist at The University of Tennessee Med-ical Center, even though these healthy habits work well at preventing high blood pressure, if you answered “e” – maintaining a healthy weight – you guessed correctly. “While all of the five healthy lifestyle choices are important, maintaining a healthy weight is the one behavior that best prevents high blood pressure,” said Rogers.