According to the new guidelines just released by the American Heart Association (AHA) this month, nearly half of all Americans are now living with high blood pressure. So that means that people that were considered "borderline" at 130/80 - would now be diagnosed with high blood pressure (Hypertension). According to cardiologist Dr. Sinatra - healthy blood pressure levels should be under 120/80.
How do you know if you have high blood pressure?
The thing is, high blood pressure often will have no obvious symptoms. So the majority of people with high blood pressure - are unaware that they have it. But high blood pressure is often called "the silent killer" - because the first symptom can be deadly. The best way to determine if your blood pressure is in a good place is to have your blood pressure measured. High blood pressure tends to run in families - so if you have close relatives that have had hypertension, you will especially want to monitor your blood pressure regularly - you might want to consider getting a home monitor.
What are the dangers of high blood pressure?
High blood pressure can double your risk of a heart attack and is a risk factor for stroke, dementia, kidney failure, & blindness. Learn more about risk factors of hypertension from the Mayo Clinic.
10 Ways to Lower Blood Pressure - Naturally
Please note: If you are taking any prescription medications, or under the care of a doctor for any reason - talk to your doctor about these suggestions before implementing them in case there are contraindications or interactions. Your doctor may also wish to monitor you in case changes need to be made to your prescriptions. These tips are general in nature and may not be appropriate for everyone. Whenever making changes to your diet and lifestyle - it is recommended to do it gradually to allow your body to adjust.
1. Sprinkle on some cinnamon.
Cinnamon is a very powerful tool when it comes to blood pressure and blood sugar - lowering both. Cinnamon has other benefits - including fighting bad bacteria in the gut, and revving up the metabolism. According to a 2006 study conducted by the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, just 1/2 of a teaspoon a day of cinnamon could be enough to help reduce blood pressur