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Hypertension research scientists have found certain lifestyle changes that can lower blood pressure. If lifestyle changes alone cannot lower blood pressure to a "normal" level, blood pressure medication can be prescribed.
Lifestyle changes are the first form of high blood pressure treatment. They usually help improve a person's quality of life as well. It may take three to six months before your healthcare provider sees the full benefit of lifestyle changes in your condition. Some of these changes may include:
- Weight loss (see Weight and High Blood Pressure)
- Exercise (see Exercise and High Blood Pressure)
- Cutting down the salt in your diet (see Salt and High Blood Pressure)
- Following a diet that emphasizes fruits and vegetables while reducing fats and cholesterol (see High Blood Pressure Diet)
- Drinking less alcohol (see Alcohol and High Blood Pressure).
Other lifestyle factors that may influence blood pressure and that should be reduced or stopped completely include smoking and prolonged stress (see Smoking and High Blood Pressure or Stress and High Blood Pressure).
By lowering blood pressure, people can reduce the long-term effects of hypertension, including heart attacks, stroke, and kidney failure.