High Blood Pressure Diets
In an effort to treat high blood pressure without taking medication, many people quit smoking, go on diets, and try to lose weight. But can lifestyle changes really make a difference? In many cases, the answer is yes, and the changes often help improve a person's quality of life as well.
However, it may take three to six months before seeing the full benefit. If diet and other lifestyle changes fail to lower your blood pressure, medication may be required. If you have been diagnosed with high blood pressure, your healthcare provider will likely recommend following a diet called DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension).
This diet is low in fat, cholesterol, and salt. It encourages the consumption of whole grains, poultry, fruits, and vegetables. Following the DASH diet also involves reducing your intake of red meat, fat, and sweets.
(To learn more about changing your diet to improve your blood pressure, click High Blood Pressure Diet.)