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How Does Aging Affect Your Blood Pressure

How Does Aging Affect Your Blood Pressure

Getting older causes many changes in your body. It’s these gradual changes that, if left unmanaged, increase your risk for a wide range of chronic diseases, including high blood pressure (hypertension).

At More MD, our expert medical team provides custom treatment plans to manage blood pressure that’s too high. We also take a proactive approach to keep your blood pressure healthy regardless of age to lower your risk for heart disease and other issues related to high blood pressure.

Factors that contribute to high blood pressure

Your blood pressure is a measure of the force of your blood against the walls of your blood vessels. High blood pressure can result in your younger years due to:

As you age, your blood vessels become less flexible and interfere with blood circulation throughout your body. Stiff blood vessels may not let blood flow freely, and, as a result, pressure can build up over time.

Hypertension is a silent killer

As dangerous as high blood pressure can be, the condition typically causes no warning signs before damage starts occurring in your body. You can have high blood pressure for years without knowing it, putting you at risk for serious health complications.

As your blood pressure levels become high enough to damage your blood vessel walls, you might experience:

The only way to properly manage your blood pressure is to know where your levels stand. You do this by getting regular blood pressure checks during your annual checkup at More MD.

If you have a family history of hypertension, are over 50, or have other risk factors for elevated blood pressure levels, you may need more frequent pressure checks or invest in a blood pressure device you can use at home.

Managing your blood pressure with lifestyle changes

You can stay on top of your blood pressure through regular evaluations and the choices you make in life. These choices can make a difference in your health, especially as you age.

Here are some effective ways you can lower your blood pressure naturally starting today:

Eat a heart-healthy diet

Focus on eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables in your daily diet. Choose low-fat meats and eliminate as many processed foods as you can.

You also need to minimize your use of salt and learn to read food labels to avoid high-sodium products.

Get up and move

Exercise keeps your heart pumping and blood circulating. Aim to get at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day — even if it’s a walk around the neighborhood.

Regular exercise is not only good for your blood pressure, but it also helps you keep your weight in check. Being overweight or obese can contribute to high blood pressure and a range of cardiovascular diseases due to the pressure excess weight puts on your blood vessels and organs.

Be mindful of alcohol use

Consuming more than three alcoholic drinks in a sitting causes a temporary rise in your blood pressure. If you tend to drink heavily or binge drink, it can lead to elevated blood pressure levels that are harder to control.

Cutting back on alcohol consumption is important for keeping your blood pressure healthy. Avoiding alcohol can also benefit those trying to lose weight to improve blood pressure levels.

If it’s been more than a year since your last blood pressure check, call the More MD office near you to schedule a physical exam or book an appointment online today. 

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